Moon* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 2 January 2026 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 27 December 2025 at 19:10.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2026 after 1 day on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.
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.
The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 321 of Meeus index or 1274 from Brown series.
Length of current 321 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours longer than next lunation 322 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠207°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠239°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 1 January 2026 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 13 January 2026 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 365 508 km (227 116 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 437 km (251 927 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 25 December 2025 at 22:03 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 January 2026 at 11:22 in ♍ Virgo.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 08:20 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.265°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.302° in its southern standstill point on 16 January 2026 at 05:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 3 January 2026 at 10:03 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.