Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 27 February 2002 at 09:17 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

It is Snow Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Snow of February 2002.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1937".

Lunation 26 / 979

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 26 of Meeus index or 979 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.77 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes and it is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2002. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠155.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠155.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠180.3°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 19:47 about 12 days since last apogee on 14 February 2002 at 22:22 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 14 days until point of next apogee on 14 March 2002 at 01:09 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 356 898 km

This perigee Moon is 356 898 km (221 766 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2002. It is 5 610 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 473 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 22 February 2002 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 23 February 2002 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.418° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.510° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 March 2002 at 01:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov