Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 26 March 2026 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 25 March 2026 at 19:18 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2026 after 6 days on 2 April 2026 at 02:12.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 324 of Meeus index or 1277 from Brown series.
Length of current 324 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer than next lunation 325 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠307.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠330.4°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 22 March 2026 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus. 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 7 April 2026 at 08:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 366 508 km (227 738 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 974 km (251 639 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 17 March 2026 at 15:22 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 March 2026 at 11:34 in ♍ Virgo.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 25 March 2026 at 04:46 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.371°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.291° in the next southern standstill on 8 April 2026 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 2 April 2026 at 02:12 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.