Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Full Moon is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99%. The 15 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 19 December 2002 at 19:10 UTC.
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1950".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2002.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°.
6 days after point of apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 389 721 km (242 161 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 904 km (228 605 mi).
2 days after ascending node on 18 December 2002 at 06:47 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 31 December 2002 at 11:16 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 18:29 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.790°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.783° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 2 January 2003 at 16:56.
The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.