Quarter ♐ Sagittarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 15 August 2002 at 10:12 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1945" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 7 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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 32 of Meeus index or 985 from Brown series.
The length of the 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 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 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠324.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠343.1°.
4 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2002 at 23:32 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 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 368 553 km (229 008 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 694 km (252 087 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 4 August 2002 at 11:03 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 6 August 2002 at 06:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.104°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.159° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 August 2002 at 00:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 7 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29 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.