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Moon phase on 16 May 2026 Saturday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | May 2026

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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 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 16 May 2026 at 20:01 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 ∠21° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 14 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 15 June 2026 at 02:54

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 326 / 1279

At 20:01 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 326 of Meeus index or 1279 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.29 days

29 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes is the length of new lunation 326. It is 4 minutes longer than next lunation 327 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 18 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠347.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.5°. 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 before perigee

11 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 day, 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 365 149 km

Moon is 365 149 km (226 893 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 074 km (222 497 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 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 7 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

5 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

11 days after previous South standstill on 5 May 2026 at 11:35 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.109°. Next 2 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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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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