Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 4 December 2002 at 07:34.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1888" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 13 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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 36 of Meeus index or 989 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes. It is 1 hour and 38 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 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠32.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠56.5°.
4 days after point of perigee on 2 December 2002 at 08:53 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 379 692 km (235 930 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 912 km (251 601 mi).
2 days after descending node on 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 18 December 2002 at 06:47 in ♊ Gemini.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 07:00 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.808°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2002. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠25.790° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 20 December 2002 at 18:29.
In 13 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.