Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 21 May 2026 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | May 2026

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

Waxing Crescent 29% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 29% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 16 May 2026 at 20:01.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1940"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1896".

Flower Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 9 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

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 326 / 1279

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 326 of Meeus index or 1279 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.29 days

Length of current 326 lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes. 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 after perigee

3 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 June 2026 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 369 522 km

Moon is 369 522 km (229 610 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 369 km (252 506 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 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 2 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

10 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 after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.051°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.988° in the next southern standstill on 1 June 2026 at 16:59 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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