Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 10 August 2002 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 8 August 2002 at 19:15.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 12 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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 32 of Meeus index or 985 from Brown series.
Length of current 32 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2002. It is 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 33 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠324.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠343.1°. 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 23:32, this is 11 days after last apogee on 30 July 2002 at 01:45 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 362 928 km (225 513 mi) away from Earth. It is 420 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 428 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 4 August 2002 at 11:03 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 6 August 2002 at 06:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.104°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.159° in the next southern standstill on 19 August 2002 at 00:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.