Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 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 ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1858" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 3 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 11 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.
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°.
8 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 385 872 km (239 770 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 694 km (252 087 mi).
2 days after descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 00:37 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.159°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠25.282° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 2 September 2002 at 16:03.
In 3 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.