Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 12 May 2002 Sunday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1807" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 13 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 10:45 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.
29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute is the length of new lunation 29. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 30 length.
Length of current synodic month is 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠233.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠268.1°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 396 594 km (246 432 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 985 km (226 791 mi).
12 days 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 1 May 2002 at 16:55 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.975°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.039° in the next northern standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.