Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.
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 ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1943".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 26 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 35 of Meeus index or 988 from Brown series.
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 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 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.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠14°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32.1°.
7 days after point of apogee on 16 November 2002 at 11:30 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 December 2002 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 387 430 km (240 738 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 294 km (225 119 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 20 November 2002 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 12:14 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.812°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2002. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.808° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 6 December 2002 at 07:00.
In 10 days on 4 December 2002 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.