New Moon
New MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

New Moon in Scorpio

New Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 4 November 2002 at 20:34 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Beaver Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 14 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1936".

New lunation 35 / 988

At 20:34 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 35 of Meeus index or lunation 988 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 48 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠14°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠14° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 November 2002 at 11:30 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 366 313 km

The Moon is 366 313 km (227 616 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 795 km (252 149 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 24 October 2002 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 November 2002 at 15:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 27 October 2002 at 06:34 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.735° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.781° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 November 2002 at 20:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov