Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 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 ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2027 after 26 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 18 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.
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°).
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.
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°.
3 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2026 at 08:30 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 January 2027 at 08:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 368 093 km (228 722 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 610 km (252 656 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 07:55 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 14 days later on 10 January 2027 at 15:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 23 December 2026 at 12:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.620°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.636° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 January 2027 at 20:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 7 January 2027 at 20:24 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.