Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 16 January 2026 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 10 January 2026 at 15:48.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2026 after 16 days on 1 February 2026 at 22:09.
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.
The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee on 13 January 2026 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 January 2026 at 21:53 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 402 932 km (250 370 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 878 km (227 346 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 7 January 2026 at 11:22 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 January 2026 at 00:03 in ♓ Pisces.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:25 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.302°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.361° in its northern standstill point on 29 January 2026 at 17:02 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 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.