Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 91% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 17 July 2002 at 04:47.
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 ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1893" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2002 after 2 days on 24 July 2002 at 09:07.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 31 of Meeus index or 984 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 49 minutes. It is 54 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 3 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠300.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠324.8°.
6 days after point of perigee on 14 July 2002 at 13:13 in ♍ Virgo. 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 30 July 2002 at 01:45 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 378 576 km (235 236 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 742 km (251 495 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 00:41 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 4 August 2002 at 11:03 in ♊ Gemini.
13 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 9 July 2002 at 22:03 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.045°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.053° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 July 2002 at 19:08 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 2 days on 24 July 2002 at 09:07 in ♒ Aquarius 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.