Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 26 January 2002 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 21 January 2002 at 17:47.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1899" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 25 of Meeus index or 978 from Brown series.
Length of current 25 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 12 minutes. It is 10 minutes shorter than next lunation 26 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠123.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.3°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 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 30 January 2002 at 09:02 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 377 402 km (234 507 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 997 km (223 692 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 00:27 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 7 February 2002 at 15:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 00:27 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
13 days after previous South standstill on 12 January 2002 at 15:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.240°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.270° in the next northern standstill on 27 January 2002 at 01:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.