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Moon phase on 18 November 2026 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | November 2026

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 60% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 November 2026 at 11:48 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1821"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1821" and ∠1941".

Beaver Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2026 after 6 days on 24 November 2026 at 14:53.

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 332 / 1285

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 332 of Meeus index or 1285 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 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 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠129.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠129.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠159.4°.

Moon after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 13 November 2026 at 17:50 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 25 November 2026 at 20:58 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 393 717 km

The Moon is 393 717 km (244 644 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 348 km (223 288 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 17 November 2026 at 11:49 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 30 November 2026 at 03:34 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 12 November 2026 at 09:40 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.697°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.645° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 November 2026 at 02:01 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 24 November 2026 at 14:53 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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