Moon* ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 12 January 2002 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 6 January 2002 at 03:55.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1828" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 16 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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 2 January 2002 at 07:13 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 392 100 km (243 640 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 503 km (251 968 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 11 January 2002 at 11:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 January 2002 at 00:27 in ♋ Cancer.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 15:26 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-24.240°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2002. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠24.270° in its northern standstill point on 27 January 2002 at 01:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 1 day 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.