Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 3 October 2002 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 29 September 2002 at 17:03.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2002 after 17 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
10 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 October 2002 at 13:17 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 369 151 km (229 380 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 920 km (221 780 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 27 September 2002 at 16:06 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 October 2002 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 30 September 2002 at 00:04 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.530°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.624° in the next southern standstill on 12 October 2002 at 11:51 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 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.