Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 16 October 2026 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 10 October 2026 at 15:50.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1925".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2026 after 9 days on 26 October 2026 at 04:12.
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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 331 of Meeus index or 1284 from Brown series.
Length of current 331 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 38 minutes shorter than next lunation 332 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠94.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠129.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 22:56, this is 15 days after last perigee on 1 October 2026 at 20:41 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 October 2026 at 18:01 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 404 639 km (251 431 mi) away from Earth. It is 769 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 070 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 7 October 2026 at 01:19 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 October 2026 at 08:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 02:45 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.892°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.795° in its northern standstill point on 29 October 2026 at 17:40 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 26 October 2026 at 04:12 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.