Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 January 2026 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | January 2026

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 22% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 22% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 18 January 2026 at 19:52.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1914"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1949".

Snow Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2026 after 9 days on 1 February 2026 at 22:09.

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 322 / 1275

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 322 of Meeus index or 1275 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours and 47 minutes 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 3 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠239°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠239°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠276.3°.

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of apogee on 13 January 2026 at 20:48 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 29 January 2026 at 21:53 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 374 558 km

The Moon is 374 558 km (232 740 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 878 km (227 346 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 22 January 2026 at 00:03 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 February 2026 at 19:18 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

1 day 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

7 days since the previous standstill on 16 January 2026 at 05:25 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.302°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.361° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 January 2026 at 17:02 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 1 February 2026 at 22:09 in ♌ Leo 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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