Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 17 August 2002 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 15 August 2002 at 10:12.
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 ∠21° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2002 at 23:32 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 376 478 km (233 933 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 694 km (252 087 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 02:54 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 6 August 2002 at 06:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.104°. Next day 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 5 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.