Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 January 2002 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | January 2002

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 38% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 38% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 13 January 2002 at 13:29.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 8 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 25 / 978

The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 25 of Meeus index or 978 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 12 minutes. It is 10 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠123.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠123.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.3°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2002 at 09:02 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 402 545 km

The Moon is 402 545 km (250 130 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 997 km (223 692 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 11 January 2002 at 11:56 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 January 2002 at 00:27 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 12 January 2002 at 15:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.240°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.270° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 January 2002 at 01:56 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50 in ♌ Leo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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