Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 May 2002 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | May 2002

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 17% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 17% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 12 May 2002 at 10:45.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1893"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1893" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 9 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 19 May 2002 at 19:42
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 26 May 2002 at 11:51
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 3 June 2002 at 00:05
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 10 June 2002 at 23:47

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 29 / 982

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 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 21 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°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 17 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 46 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠233.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠233.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.1°.

Moon before apogee

8 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 378 595 km

The Moon is 378 595 km (235 248 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 985 km (226 791 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 May 2002 at 09:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon at northern standstill

At 07:53 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.039°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.056° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 29 May 2002 at 02:39.

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Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.

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