Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 15 May 2026 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | May 2026

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 9 May 2026 at 21:10.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1898".

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 15 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 16 May 2026 at 20:01
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 23 May 2026 at 11:11
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 31 May 2026 at 08:45
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 8 June 2026 at 10:00

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 325 / 1278

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 325 of Meeus index or 1278 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

Length of current 325 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than next lunation 326 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠330.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠330.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠347.5°. 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

10 days after point of apogee on 4 May 2026 at 22:30 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 367 795 km

Moon is 367 795 km (228 537 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 074 km (222 497 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after its ascending node on 11 May 2026 at 04:36 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 May 2026 at 15:26 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 5 May 2026 at 11:35 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.109°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.051° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 16 May 2026 at 20:01 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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