Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 5 January 2026 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | January 2026

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.

Moonrise and moonset

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.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1904"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2026 after 27 days on 1 February 2026 at 22:09.

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 321 / 1274

The Moon is 17 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.

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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 after perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2026 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 13 January 2026 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 376 400 km

The Moon is 376 400 km (233 884 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 437 km (251 927 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 25 December 2025 at 22:03 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, 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

10 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 after northern standstill

3 days since the previous standstill on 2 January 2026 at 08:20 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.265°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.302° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 January 2026 at 05:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 18 January 2026 at 19:52 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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