Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 13 October 2002 at 05:33 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1924".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2002 after 6 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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 34 of Meeus index or 987 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠358.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠14°.
7 days after point of perigee on 6 October 2002 at 13:17 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 October 2002 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 390 569 km (242 688 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 358 km (252 499 mi).
4 days after descending node on 10 October 2002 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 October 2002 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 12 October 2002 at 11:51 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.624°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.735° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 October 2002 at 06:34 in ♋ Cancer.
In 6 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.