Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days 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 ∠9° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1810" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2002 after 23 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20.
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 20 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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. It is 1 hour and 10 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 37 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 32 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠343.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠358.6°.
4 days after point of apogee on 23 September 2002 at 03:26 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 October 2002 at 13:17 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 396 072 km (246 108 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 920 km (221 780 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 16:06 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 10 October 2002 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 16:06 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
12 days since the previous standstill on 15 September 2002 at 05:34 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.377°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.530° at the point of next northern standstill on 30 September 2002 at 00:04 in ♋ Cancer.
In 8 days on 6 October 2002 at 11:17 in ♎ Libra 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.