Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 2 January 2002 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days 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 ∠23° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 26 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.
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 18 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 07:13, this is 11 days after last apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 365 412 km (227 056 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 904 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 944 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days 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 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2002 at 11:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 30 December 2001 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.244°. Next 10 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 11 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.