Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 23 September 2002 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 21 September 2002 at 13:59.
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 ∠21° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2002 after 27 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 apogee on this date at 03:26, this is 15 days after last perigee on 8 September 2002 at 03:14 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 6 October 2002 at 13:17 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 406 351 km (252 495 mi) away from Earth. It is 943 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 358 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 13 September 2002 at 03:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 September 2002 at 16:06 in ♊ Gemini.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 15 September 2002 at 05:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.377°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.530° in the next northern standstill on 30 September 2002 at 00:04 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 6 October 2002 at 11:17 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.