Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 24 October 2002 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 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 ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1929".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 26 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 17 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.
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°).
4 days 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 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 397 957 km (247 279 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 154 km (222 547 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 18:18 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 6 November 2002 at 15:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 18:18 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous South standstill on 12 October 2002 at 11:51 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.624°. Next 2 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 11 days on 4 November 2002 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.