Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 24 December 2026 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2026.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 333 of Meeus index or 1286 from Brown series.
Length of current 333 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 next lunation 334 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠159.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠184.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 08:30, this is 13 days after last apogee on 11 December 2026 at 06:46 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 7 January 2027 at 08:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 356 650 km (221 612 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2026. It is 5 858 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 225 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
9 days after its ascending node on 14 December 2026 at 13:04 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 December 2026 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.620°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.636° in the next southern standstill on 5 January 2027 at 20:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.