Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 8 March 2002 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 6 March 2002 at 01:25.
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 ∠16° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1828" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 20 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 26 of Meeus index or 979 from Brown series.
Length of current 26 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2002. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer than next lunation 27 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠155.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠180.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
8 days after point of perigee on 27 February 2002 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo. 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 14 March 2002 at 01:09 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 392 125 km (243 655 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 705 km (252 715 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 March 2002 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 01:59 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-24.510°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠24.668° in its northern standstill point on 22 March 2002 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 14 March 2002 at 02:03 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.