Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 December 2025 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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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 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2026 after 15 days on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 320 / 1273

The Moon is 28 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 after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 17 December 2025 at 06:09 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 1 January 2026 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 405 141 km

Moon is 405 141 km (251 743 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 14 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 348 km (223 910 mi).

Moon after descending node

7 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 7 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

19 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

12 days after previous North standstill on 5 December 2025 at 21:51 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.263°. Next day 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 1 day

After 1 day 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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