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Moon phase on 28 December 2025 Sunday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2025 | December 2025

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 58% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 27 December 2025 at 19:10 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1944"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2026 after 5 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 321 / 1274

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 321 of Meeus index or 1274 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠207°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠207°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠239°.

Moon before apogee

11 days after point of apogee on 17 December 2025 at 06:09 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2026 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 368 744 km

The Moon is 368 744 km (229 127 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 348 km (223 910 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 25 December 2025 at 22:03 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 7 January 2026 at 11:22 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 19 December 2025 at 23:18 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.233°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.265° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 January 2026 at 08:20 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 3 January 2026 at 10:03 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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