Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 3 December 2001 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 30 November 2001 at 20:49.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 26 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 23 of Meeus index or 976 from Brown series.
Length of current 23 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 24 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠86.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
9 days after point of apogee on 23 November 2001 at 15:46 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 December 2001 at 22:48 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 372 139 km (231 236 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 114 km (229 978 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 2 December 2001 at 05:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 06:54 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠24.246°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2001. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-24.250° in its southern standstill point on 16 December 2001 at 07:51 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 14 December 2001 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.