Crescent ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 August 2002 at 02:31 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1820" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2002 after 21 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°.
4 days after point of apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 8 September 2002 at 03:14 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 393 728 km (244 651 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 745 km (222 914 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 14:43 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 13 September 2002 at 03:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 14:43 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
12 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 2 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 6 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.