Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 72% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 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 ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1887" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 24 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 20 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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠180.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠204.7°.
5 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2002 at 07:42 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 379 870 km (236 040 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 409 km (252 531 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 18:20 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 17 April 2002 at 09:15 in ♊ Gemini.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 22 March 2002 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.668°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-24.771° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 April 2002 at 08:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 10 days on 12 April 2002 at 19:21 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.