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Moon phase on 15 May 2018 Tuesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | May 2018

New Moon phase
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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 less than 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 15 May 2018 at 11:48 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 ∠25° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1898".

Flower Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 14 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 22 May 2018 at 03:49
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 29 May 2018 at 14:20
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 6 June 2018 at 18:32
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 13 June 2018 at 19:43

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 227 / 1180

At 11:48 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.33 days

29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes is the length of new lunation 227. It is 50 minutes longer than next lunation 228 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠321.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.3°. 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 before perigee

9 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 371 893 km

Moon is 371 893 km (231 084 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 777 km (226 041 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.562°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.652° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer.

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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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