Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 21 August 2002 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2002 | August 2002

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 15 August 2002 at 10:12.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1816"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1816" and ∠1897".

Sturgeon Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2002 after 1 day on 22 August 2002 at 22:29.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 32 / 985

The Moon is 13 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.

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Synodic month length 29.33 days

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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠324.8°

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°.

Moon before perigee

10 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 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 394 766 km

The Moon is 394 766 km (245 296 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 694 km (252 087 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 19 August 2002 at 00:37 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.159°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.282° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 September 2002 at 16:03 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day 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.

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