Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 27 September 2002 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 23 September 2002 at 03:26 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 October 2002 at 13:17 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 396 072 km (246 108 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 920 km (221 780 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 16:06 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 10 October 2002 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 16:06 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous South standstill on 15 September 2002 at 05:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.377°. Next 2 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 8 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.