Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 4 April 2002 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 4 April 2002 at 15:29 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 22 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
7 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 389 585 km (242 077 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 409 km (252 531 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 2 April 2002 at 18:20 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 17 April 2002 at 09:15 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 08:23 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-24.771°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠24.908° in its northern standstill point on 19 April 2002 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 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.