Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 16 November 2002 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 11 November 2002 at 20:52.
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 ∠15° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 3 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 35 of Meeus index or 988 from Brown series.
Length of current 35 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 48 minutes shorter than next lunation 36 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠14°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠32.1°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:30, this is 12 days after last perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 December 2002 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 795 km (252 149 mi) away from Earth. It is 387 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 914 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 6 November 2002 at 15:22 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 November 2002 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 8 November 2002 at 20:35 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.781°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.812° in the next northern standstill on 23 November 2002 at 12:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 3 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.