Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 28 April 2002 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 27 April 2002 at 03:00.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1925" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 27 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 25 April 2002 at 16:25 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 372 415 km (231 408 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 483 km (251 955 mi).
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 19 April 2002 at 02:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.908°. Next 3 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 13 days on 12 May 2002 at 10:45 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.