Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 December 2025 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2025 | December 2025

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 11% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 11% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 11 December 2025 at 20:52.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2026 after 17 days on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 320 / 1273

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 320 of Meeus index or 1273 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.79 days

Length of current 320 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 56 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2025. It is 47 minutes longer than next lunation 321 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 51 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠181.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠181.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠207°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

12 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2025 at 11:06 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 December 2025 at 06:09 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 404 907 km

Moon is 404 907 km (251 598 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 324 km (252 478 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 11 December 2025 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 December 2025 at 22:03 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 5 December 2025 at 21:51 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.263°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.233° in the next southern standstill on 19 December 2025 at 23:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 20 December 2025 at 01:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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