Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.
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 ∠19° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2002 after 28 days on 24 June 2002 at 21:42.
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 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.
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°).
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.
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°.
3 days after point of perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 378 747 km (235 342 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 524 km (251 360 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 09:39 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 10 June 2002 at 20:00 in ♊ Gemini.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.039°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.056° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 May 2002 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 14 days on 10 June 2002 at 23:47 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.