Moon ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 25 April 2002 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 20 April 2002 at 12:48.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2002 after 1 day 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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 16:25, this is 15 days after last apogee on 10 April 2002 at 05:32 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 360 088 km (223 748 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 420 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 268 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days after its ascending node on 17 April 2002 at 09:15 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 19 April 2002 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.908°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.975° in the next southern standstill on 1 May 2002 at 16:55 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day 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.