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Moon phase on 6 May 2016 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | May 2016

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1901".

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 15 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 13 May 2016 at 17:02
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 21 May 2016 at 21:15
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 29 May 2016 at 12:12
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 5 June 2016 at 03:00

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 202 / 1155

At 19:29 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.31 days

29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes is the length of new lunation 202. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 203 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠10.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 04:14, this is 14 days after last apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 357 828 km

This perigee Moon is 357 828 km (222 344 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 680 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 528 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

3 days after its descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.382°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.447° in the next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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