Crescent ♊ Gemini
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 40% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 1 August 2002 at 10:22.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 20 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°.
3 days after point of apogee on 30 July 2002 at 01:45 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 August 2002 at 23:32 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 399 120 km (248 002 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 928 km (225 513 mi).
12 days after descending node on 21 July 2002 at 00:41 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 August 2002 at 11:03 in ♊ Gemini.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 22 July 2002 at 19:08 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.053°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.104° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 August 2002 at 06:59 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 8 August 2002 at 19:15 in ♌ Leo 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.