Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 December 2026 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | December 2026

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

Waxing Crescent 10% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 10% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 9 December 2026 at 00:52.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2026 after 11 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 333 / 1286

The Moon is 3 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.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

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.

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠159.4°

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 after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 11 December 2026 at 06:46 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 404 405 km

Moon is 404 405 km (251 286 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 650 km (221 612 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 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 2 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

25 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 after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 9 December 2026 at 15:27 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.602°. Next 11 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.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 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.

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