Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 21 October 2026 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | October 2026

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

Waxing Gibbous 76% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 76% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 18 October 2026 at 16:13.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1814"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1928".

Hunter Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2026 after 4 days on 26 October 2026 at 04:12.

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 331 / 1284

The Moon is 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 331 of Meeus index or 1284 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠94.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠94.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠129.9°.

Moon after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 16 October 2026 at 22:56 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 October 2026 at 18:01 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 395 218 km

The Moon is 395 218 km (245 577 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 411 km (226 434 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 08:53 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 3 November 2026 at 03:02 in ♌ Leo.

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New draconic month

At 08:53 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.

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Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 16 October 2026 at 02:45 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.892°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.795° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 October 2026 at 17:40 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 26 October 2026 at 04:12 in ♉ Taurus 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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