Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 20% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 24 minutes. It is 2 hours and 23 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 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠204.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠233.6°.
7 days after point of apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 25 April 2002 at 16:25 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 385 856 km (239 760 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 088 km (223 748 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 09:15 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 09:15 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
13 days since the previous standstill on 4 April 2002 at 08:23 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.771°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠24.908° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 April 2002 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer.
In 9 days on 27 April 2002 at 03:00 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.