Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 17 April 2002 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 12 April 2002 at 19:21.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1858" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 9 days on 27 April 2002 at 03:00.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 28 of Meeus index or 981 from Brown series.
Length of current 28 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 24 minutes. 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°).
7 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 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 April 2002 at 16:25 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 385 856 km (239 760 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 088 km (223 748 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 09:15 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 09:15 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
13 days after previous South standstill on 4 April 2002 at 08:23 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.771°. Next day 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.
After 9 days on 27 April 2002 at 03:00 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.