Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 15 December 2002 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 11 December 2002 at 15:49.
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 ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 4 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.
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 36 of Meeus index or 989 from Brown series.
Length of current 36 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 404 989 km (251 648 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 14 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 904 km (228 605 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 18 December 2002 at 06:47 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.808°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.790° in the next northern standstill on 20 December 2002 at 18:29 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.