Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 31 January 2002 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.
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 ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2002 after 26 days on 27 February 2002 at 09:17.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 30 January 2002 at 09:02 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 February 2002 at 22:22 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 363 307 km (225 749 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 361 km (252 501 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 26 January 2002 at 00:27 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 February 2002 at 15:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 27 January 2002 at 01:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.270°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.309° in the next southern standstill on 8 February 2002 at 20:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 12 February 2002 at 07:41 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.