Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 26 December 2026 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2027 after 27 days on 22 January 2027 at 12:17.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 January 2027 at 08:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 365 363 km (227 026 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 610 km (252 656 mi).
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 December 2026 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.620°. Next 10 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.
After 12 days on 7 January 2027 at 20:24 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.