Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 23 May 2002 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 19 May 2002 at 19:42.
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 ∠22° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 2 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.
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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.
Length of current 29 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:31, this is 15 days after last apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 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 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 364 985 km (226 791 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 477 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 371 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days after its ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 May 2002 at 09:39 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.
7 days after previous North standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.039°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.056° in the next southern standstill on 29 May 2002 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.