Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 21 October 2002 Monday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1928".
The Full Moon this days is the Hunter of October 2002.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 20 October 2002 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 932 km (251 613 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 154 km (222 547 mi).
11 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 October 2002 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 12 October 2002 at 11:51 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.624°. Next 5 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.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.