Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 2 December 2002 Monday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 27 November 2002 at 15:46.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 17 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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on this date at 08:53, this is 15 days after last apogee on 16 November 2002 at 11:30 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 362 294 km (225 119 mi) away from Earth. It is 214 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 062 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 20 November 2002 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 23 November 2002 at 12:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.812°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.808° in the next southern standstill on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 4 December 2002 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.