Astronomy Answers: Planetary Phenomena 2002

Astronomy Answers
Planetary Phenomena 2002


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The diagram below is explained further on the page for the year 2000.

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[2002] [Q 2002]

For an explanation of the above pictures, see the page for the year 2000.

The last table on this page lists a number of noteworthy planetary phenomena during the listed year. The first column ("date") gives the date and hour, in the form year-month-dayThour in the Gregorian calendar, in Universal Time (UT). The second column ("pl") identifies the planet that shows the phenomenon:

pl Planet
Me Mercury
Ve Venus
Ma Mars
Ju Jupiter
Sa Saturn
Ur Uranus
Ne Neptune
Lu Moon

The third column ("*") provides the type of the phenomenon. The fourth column ("AU") shows the value (distance) in Astronomical Units, if applicable. The fifth column ("deg") gives the value of a relevant angle (declination \( δ \), elongation \( E \), conjunction spread \( σ \), or ecliptic longitude \( λ \)) in degrees. Which angle it is for each phenomenon is shown below in column "?". Declinations and ecliptical longitudes are measured relative to the equinox of the date.

 ?  
Explanation
p perigee
a apogee
+dδgreatest northern declination
dδgreatest southern declination
cλconjunction (with the Sun)
oλopposition (relative to the Sun)
eEgreatest elongation
xaλpassage through the ascending node (zero ecliptical latitude)
xdλpassage through the descending node (zero ecliptical latitude)
bσleast conjunction spread (Mercury - Saturn)
Bσleast conjunction spread (Mercury - Neptune)
sσgreatest conjunction spread (Mercury - Saturn)
Sσgreatest conjunction spread (Mercury - Neptune)
Vλbegin eastward (prograde) acceleration
Pgλstationary point: begin eastward (prograde) motion
vλbegin westward (retrograde) acceleration
Rgλstationary point: begin westward (retrograde) motion

The calculations for the planets are based on the VSOP87 model (type A) of Laskar, and the calculations for the Moon are based on the most detailed model from [Meeus]. One position per day was calculated for each celestial object. The hour of the day for each phenomenon was determined by interpolation.

date pl * AU deg
2002-01-01T22
** 
S +173.24
2002-01-02T07 Lu p 0.002443
2002-01-02T08 Lu v +140.97
2002-01-03T14 Ve V +280.47
2002-01-04T11 Ve v +281.57
2002-01-11T11 Lu xd +267.15
2002-01-12T00 Me e +19.00
2002-01-12T15 Lu d −24.23
2002-01-13T13 Lu c +293.18
2002-01-14T12 Ve o +294.16
2002-01-14T20 Me xd +313.05
2002-01-16T08 Ve a 1.711
2002-01-16T21
** 
B +122.00
2002-01-18T08 Lu a 0.002711
2002-01-18T16 Lu V +355.16
2002-01-18T20 Me Rg +314.49
2002-01-23T20 Me +d −14.65
2002-01-24T23 Sa d +19.98
2002-01-25T23 Pl d −13.03
2002-01-26T00 Lu xa +86.66
2002-01-27T01 Lu +d +24.26
2002-01-27T18 Me c +307.67
2002-01-28T05 Me V +307.11
2002-01-28T12 Ne v +308.47
2002-01-28T13 Ne c +308.47
2002-01-28T21 Ne a 31.08
2002-01-28T22 Lu o +128.87
2002-01-29T08 Me p 0.6574
2002-01-30T09 Lu p 0.002406
2002-01-30T10 Lu v +151.09
2002-01-30T16
** 
S +166.36
2002-02-07T15 Lu xd +265.98
2002-02-08T00 Sa Pg +68.04
2002-02-08T17 Me Pg +298.64
2002-02-08T21 Lu d −24.30
2002-02-10T12 Ma xd +16.37
2002-02-12T07 Lu c +323.41
2002-02-13T12 Ur v +324.82
2002-02-13T17 Ur c +324.83
2002-02-13T18
** 
B +122.63
2002-02-14T15 Ur a 20.98
2002-02-14T21 Lu a 0.002716
2002-02-15T11 Lu V +0.90
2002-02-17T17 Me d −18.80
2002-02-21T16 Me e −26.58
2002-02-22T03 Me xa +306.76
2002-02-22T06 Lu xa +84.53
2002-02-23T11 Lu +d +24.40
2002-02-27T09 Lu o +158.61
2002-02-27T19 Lu p 0.002386
2002-02-27T20 Lu v +165.50
2002-02-28T00
** 
S +165.98
2002-03-01T14 Ju Pg +95.63
2002-03-06T16 Lu xd +263.37
2002-03-08T02 Lu d −24.51
2002-03-12T10 Ju +d +23.46
2002-03-14T00 Lu V +352.72
2002-03-14T01 Lu a 0.002719
2002-03-14T02 Lu c +322.39
2002-03-14T15
** 
B +120.47
2002-03-20T11 Pl Rg +257.64
2002-03-21T08 Lu xa +81.43
2002-03-22T19 Lu +d +24.67
2002-03-28T06 Lu v +180.56
2002-03-28T07 Lu p 0.002387
2002-03-28T18 Lu o +187.92
2002-03-29T03
** 
S +166.18
2002-04-02T18 Lu xd +260.29
2002-04-02T20 Me a 1.347
2002-04-04T08 Lu d −24.78
2002-04-07T12 Me o +17.65
2002-04-09T17 Lu V +346.28
2002-04-10T06 Lu a 0.002717
2002-04-11T15 Me v +26.26
2002-04-12T12
** 
B +125.23
2002-04-12T19 Lu c +22.69
2002-04-12T19 Me xd +28.76
2002-04-13T23 Ve xd +45.62
2002-04-17T09 Lu xa +78.94
2002-04-19T01 Lu +d +24.91
2002-04-25T14 Lu v +194.07
2002-04-25T16 Lu p 0.002407
2002-04-27T03 Lu o +216.67
2002-04-27T16
** 
S +179.20
2002-04-30T00 Lu xd +258.39
2002-05-01T17 Lu d −24.97
2002-05-04T03 Me e +20.80
2002-05-07T12 Lu V +351.96
2002-05-07T19 Lu a 0.002710
2002-05-08T23 Me +d +24.02
2002-05-11T21
** 
B +138.99
2002-05-12T10 Ne +d −17.39
2002-05-12T10 Lu c +51.53
2002-05-13T07 Ne Rg +310.99
2002-05-14T01
** 
b +22.82
2002-05-14T12 Lu xa +77.88
2002-05-15T18 Me Rg +69.99
2002-05-16T07 Lu +d +25.03
2002-05-21T02 Me xa +68.93
2002-05-23T06 Ve +d +25.01
2002-05-23T13 Lu v +202.72
2002-05-23T15 Lu p 0.002440
2002-05-26T08
** 
S +197.07
2002-05-26T11 Lu o +245.06
2002-05-27T07 Me c +65.84
2002-05-27T09 Lu xd +257.84
2002-05-27T11 Me V +65.73
2002-05-27T23 Me p 0.5492
2002-05-29T03 Lu d −25.06
2002-05-29T19 Ma +d +24.42
2002-05-31T17 Ur +d −12.57
2002-06-02T21 Ur Rg +328.84
2002-06-04T11 Lu V +359.89
2002-06-04T13 Lu a 0.002704
2002-06-06T09 Pl p 29.52
2002-06-07T07 Pl V +256.28
2002-06-07T12 Pl c +256.27
2002-06-08T15 Me Pg +61.36
2002-06-09T04
** 
B +152.55
2002-06-09T11 Sa c +78.47
2002-06-09T13 Sa v +78.48
2002-06-09T15 Sa a 10.06
2002-06-10T10 Me d +16.40
2002-06-10T19 Lu xa +77.86
2002-06-10T23 Lu c +79.93
2002-06-12T14 Lu +d +25.06
2002-06-16T23 Pl +d −12.64
2002-06-19T01 Lu v +191.48
2002-06-19T07 Lu p 0.002469
2002-06-21T21 Me e −22.48
2002-06-23T18 Lu xd +257.86
2002-06-24T03
** 
S +221.72
2002-06-24T21 Lu o +273.21
2002-06-25T11 Lu d −25.05
2002-07-02T07 Lu a 0.002702
2002-07-02T12 Lu V +8.15
2002-07-08T04 Lu xa +77.73
2002-07-09T13
** 
B +167.05
2002-07-09T19 Me xd +94.52
2002-07-09T21 Lu +d +25.04
2002-07-10T10 Lu c +108.02
2002-07-12T21 Me +d +23.56
2002-07-14T07 Lu v +163.10
2002-07-14T13 Lu p 0.002459
2002-07-18T03 Ju v +116.76
2002-07-18T07 Me v +112.27
2002-07-20T01 Ju c +117.19
2002-07-21T00 Lu xd +257.32
2002-07-21T11 Ju a 6.261
2002-07-21T12 Me o +119.08
2002-07-22T19 Lu d −25.05
2002-07-24T00 Me a 1.340
2002-07-24T09 Lu o +301.32
2002-07-25T07
** 
S +241.56
2002-07-30T01 Lu a 0.002706
2002-07-30T12 Lu V +16.20
2002-08-01T17 Ne p 29.07
2002-08-02T00 Ne o +309.58
2002-08-02T07 Ne V +309.58
2002-08-03T12 Ve xa +175.95
2002-08-04T10 Lu xa +76.43
2002-08-06T06 Lu +d +25.10
2002-08-08T19 Lu c +136.07
2002-08-10T19
** 
B +170.04
2002-08-10T19 Lu v +165.89
2002-08-10T22 Ma c +138.12
2002-08-10T23 Lu p 0.002426
2002-08-14T12 Ma a 2.671
2002-08-17T02 Me xa +167.07
2002-08-17T02 Lu xd +255.52
2002-08-19T00 Lu d −25.16
2002-08-19T02 Ur p 18.99
2002-08-19T18 Ur V +326.87
2002-08-20T00 Ur o +326.86
2002-08-22T02 Ve e +45.98
2002-08-22T22 Lu o +329.65
2002-08-25T19
** 
S +233.53
2002-08-26T04 Pl Pg +254.91
2002-08-26T17 Lu a 0.002712
2002-08-27T10 Lu V +23.35
2002-08-31T14 Lu xa +73.83
2002-09-01T03 Me e +27.12
2002-09-01T16 Ma V +151.97
2002-09-02T15 Lu +d +25.29
2002-09-03T13 Ma v +153.17
2002-09-07T03 Sa +d +22.14
2002-09-07T03 Lu c +164.36
2002-09-07T23 Lu v +177.32
2002-09-08T03 Lu p 0.002398
2002-09-09T20
** 
B +162.36
2002-09-13T03 Lu xd +252.65
2002-09-14T19 Me Rg +193.25
2002-09-15T05 Lu d −25.38
2002-09-15T16 Me d −8.90
2002-09-16T20 Ma V +161.62
2002-09-21T14 Lu o +147.51
2002-09-22T07
** 
s +94.65
2002-09-23T03 Lu a 0.002716
2002-09-23T23
** 
S +220.06
2002-09-24T00 Lu V +27.18
2002-09-25T14 Me p 0.6489
2002-09-27T03 Me V +185.16
2002-09-27T16 Lu xa +70.92
2002-09-27T18 Me c +184.48
2002-09-29T23 Lu +d +25.53
2002-09-30T21
** 
b +94.27
2002-10-05T18 Me xd +178.44
2002-10-06T09 Lu v +192.05
2002-10-06T11 Lu c +193.06
2002-10-06T13 Lu p 0.002386
2002-10-06T19 Me Pg +178.32
2002-10-07T16
** 
B +158.35
2002-10-09T16 Me +d +1.32
2002-10-10T07 Lu xd +250.03
2002-10-10T18 Ve Rg +225.61
2002-10-11T11 Sa Rg +89.09
2002-10-12T11 Lu d −25.63
2002-10-12T23 Ve d −23.31
2002-10-13T05 Me e −17.99
2002-10-20T04 Lu a 0.002716
2002-10-20T08 Ne Pg +308.20
2002-10-20T12 Lu V +18.32
2002-10-21T07 Lu o +27.72
2002-10-21T16
** 
S +208.89
2002-10-21T18 Ne d −18.16
2002-10-24T18 Lu xa +69.08
2002-10-27T06 Lu +d +25.73
2002-10-29T18 Me v +206.42
2002-10-31T11 Ve c +217.90
2002-10-31T14 Ve V +217.84
2002-11-01T08 Ve p 0.2709
2002-11-02T04 Ur d −13.93
2002-11-03T21 Lu v +207.72
2002-11-04T00 Lu p 0.002394
2002-11-04T03 Ur Pg +324.91
2002-11-04T20 Lu c +222.28
2002-11-05T04
** 
B +147.83
2002-11-06T15 Lu xd +248.76
2002-11-08T21 Lu d −25.78
2002-11-13T01 Me xa +229.83
2002-11-14T12 Me o +232.14
2002-11-16T09 Lu V +13.70
2002-11-16T11 Lu a 0.002713
2002-11-18T01 Me a 1.449
2002-11-19T16
** 
S +199.32
2002-11-20T01 Lu o +57.57
2002-11-20T23 Lu xa +68.65
2002-11-21T07 Ve Pg +210.06
2002-11-23T12 Lu +d +25.81
2002-11-24T15 Ve xd +210.29
2002-11-30T22 Ju d +16.03
2002-12-02T07 Lu v +222.65
2002-12-02T08 Lu p 0.002422
2002-12-02T18 Ve +d −11.02
2002-12-03T19
** 
B +146.06
2002-12-04T02 Lu xd +248.72
2002-12-04T07 Lu c +251.96
2002-12-04T11 Ju Rg +138.11
2002-12-06T07 Lu d −25.81
2002-12-09T07 Pl v +257.45
2002-12-09T11 Pl o +257.45
2002-12-10T07 Me d −25.67
2002-12-10T14 Pl a 31.56
2002-12-14T03 Lu V +19.21
2002-12-14T04 Lu a 0.002707
2002-12-17T13 Sa p 8.052
2002-12-17T14 Sa V +85.61
2002-12-17T17 Sa o +85.60
2002-12-18T06 Lu xa +68.73
2002-12-18T22
** 
S +198.43
2002-12-19T19 Lu o +87.70
2002-12-20T18 Lu +d +25.79
2002-12-26T08 Me e +19.80
2002-12-30T00 Lu p 0.002459
2002-12-30T03 Lu v +229.42
2002-12-31T11 Lu xd +248.52



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