Moon ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 12 April 2002 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 14 days on 27 April 2002 at 03:00.
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 19:21 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 28 of Meeus index or 981 from Brown series.
29 days, 15 hours and 24 minutes is the length of new lunation 28. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 29 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠204.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠233.6°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 April 2002 at 16:25 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 403 733 km (250 868 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 088 km (223 748 mi).
9 days 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 April 2002 at 09:15 in ♊ Gemini.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 4 April 2002 at 08:23 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.771°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.908° in the next northern standstill on 19 April 2002 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.