Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 21 December 2002 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1862" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 27 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
7 days 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 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 385 037 km (239 251 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 904 km (228 605 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 18 December 2002 at 06:47 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 December 2002 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 20 December 2002 at 18:29 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.790°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.783° in the next southern standstill on 2 January 2003 at 16:56 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 2 January 2003 at 20:23 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.