Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 1 May 2002 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days 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.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1854" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 24 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 19 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°).
5 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 386 645 km (240 250 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 483 km (251 955 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 16:55 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-24.975°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠25.039° in its northern standstill point on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 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.