Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20.
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 ∠24° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 27 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°.
3 days after point of apogee on 20 October 2002 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 401 101 km (249 233 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 154 km (222 547 mi).
13 days after descending node on 10 October 2002 at 07:07 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 October 2002 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 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 3 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 12 days on 4 November 2002 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.