Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 31 December 2001 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.
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 ∠24° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1935" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 28 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 24 of Meeus index or 977 from Brown series.
Length of current 24 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 25 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠86.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠123.9°. 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 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 January 2002 at 07:13 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 370 405 km (230 159 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 412 km (227 056 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 29 December 2001 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2002 at 11:56 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.
1 day after previous North standstill on 30 December 2001 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.244°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.240° in the next southern standstill on 12 January 2002 at 15:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 13 days on 13 January 2002 at 13:29 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.