Gibbous ♈ Aries
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 22 August 2002 at 22:29.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2002 after 26 days on 21 September 2002 at 13:59.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
Moon is at apogee at 17:43. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 10 August 2002 at 23:32 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 8 September 2002 at 03:14 in ♍ Virgo.
This apogee Moon is 405 694 km (252 087 mi) away from Earth. It is 286 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 015 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after descending node on 17 August 2002 at 02:54 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini.
22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
7 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 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.282° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 September 2002 at 16:03 in ♋ Cancer.
In 11 days on 7 September 2002 at 03:10 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.