Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 9 December 2026 at 00:52.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2026 after 12 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28.
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.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 333 of Meeus index or 1286 from Brown series.
Length of current 333 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2026. It is 1 minute longer than next lunation 334 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠159.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠184.3°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 06:46, this is 15 days after last perigee on 25 November 2026 at 20:58 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 421 km (252 538 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2026. It is 1 013 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 288 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 December 2026 at 13:04 in ♒ Aquarius.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 9 December 2026 at 15:27 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.602°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.620° in the next northern standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.