Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 31 March 2002 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.
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 ∠19° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1932" and ∠1920".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 26 days on 27 April 2002 at 03:00.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 27 of Meeus index or 980 from Brown series.
Length of current 27 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2002 at 07:42 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 370 913 km (230 475 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 409 km (252 531 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 21 March 2002 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 April 2002 at 18:20 in ♐ Sagittarius.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 22 March 2002 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.668°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.771° in the next southern standstill on 4 April 2002 at 08:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 12 April 2002 at 19:21 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.