Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 8 September 2002 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 7 September 2002 at 03:10.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2002 after 13 days on 21 September 2002 at 13:59.
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.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 33 of Meeus index or 986 from Brown series.
Length of current 33 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. It is 1 hour and 10 minutes shorter than next lunation 34 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 37 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 32 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠343.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠358.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 03:14, this is 12 days after last apogee on 26 August 2002 at 17:43 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 23 September 2002 at 03:26 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 358 745 km (222 914 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 763 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 611 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 days after its ascending node on 31 August 2002 at 14:43 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 September 2002 at 03:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 2 September 2002 at 16:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.282°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.377° in the next southern standstill on 15 September 2002 at 05:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 13 days on 21 September 2002 at 13:59 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.