Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 18 October 2002 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 13 October 2002 at 05:33.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2002 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 34 of Meeus index or 987 from Brown series.
Length of current 34 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 35 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠358.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠14°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
11 days after point of perigee on 6 October 2002 at 13:17 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 October 2002 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 403 840 km (250 935 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 358 km (252 499 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 10 October 2002 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 October 2002 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 12 October 2002 at 11:51 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.624°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.735° in the next northern standstill on 27 October 2002 at 06:34 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.