Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 3 December 2026 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | December 2026

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

Waning Crescent 27% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 27% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 1 December 2026 at 06:09.

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1870"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1870" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2026 after 20 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28.

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 332 / 1285

The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 332 of Meeus index or 1285 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

Length of current 332 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 333 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠129.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠129.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠159.4°. 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°).

Moon after perigee

7 days after point of perigee on 25 November 2026 at 20:58 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 December 2026 at 06:46 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 383 397 km

Moon is 383 397 km (238 232 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 421 km (252 538 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after its descending node on 30 November 2026 at 03:34 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 December 2026 at 13:04 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days after previous North standstill on 26 November 2026 at 02:01 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.645°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.602° in the next southern standstill on 9 December 2026 at 15:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 9 December 2026 at 00:52 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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