Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 4 January 2026 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2026 after 28 days on 1 February 2026 at 22:09.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
2 days 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 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 13 January 2026 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 372 007 km (231 154 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 437 km (251 927 mi).
9 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 January 2026 at 11:22 in ♍ Virgo.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 2 January 2026 at 08:20 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.265°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.302° in the next southern standstill on 16 January 2026 at 05:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 14 days on 18 January 2026 at 19:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.