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Moon phase on 14 March 2002 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1930".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 14 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 02:03 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 27 of Meeus index or 980 from Brown series.
29 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes is the length of new lunation 27. It is 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 28 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠180.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠204.7°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 01:09, this is 14 days after last perigee on 27 February 2002 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 March 2002 at 07:42 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 406 705 km (252 715 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2002. It is 1 297 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 4 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 March 2002 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 8 March 2002 at 01:59 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.510°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.668° in the next northern standstill on 22 March 2002 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.