Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 4 December 2002 Wednesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 15 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.
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.
At 07:34 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 36 of Meeus index or 989 from Brown series.
29 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes is the length of new lunation 36. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 37 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠32.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠56.5°. 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 2 December 2002 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 370 793 km (230 400 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 912 km (251 601 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 02:12 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 18 December 2002 at 06:47 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 23 November 2002 at 12:14 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.812°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.