Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 December 2026 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | December 2026

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

Waxing Crescent 43% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

7 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 7 days on 9 December 2026 at 00:52.

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 passing about ∠16° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1828"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1828" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2026 after 7 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28.

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 333 / 1286

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 333 of Meeus index or 1286 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2026. It is 1 minute 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 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠159.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠159.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠184.3°.

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 11 December 2026 at 06:46 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 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 392 054 km

The Moon is 392 054 km (243 611 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 650 km (221 612 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 14 December 2026 at 13:04 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 December 2026 at 07:55 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 9 December 2026 at 15:27 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.602°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.620° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28 in ♋ Cancer 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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