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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.

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Synodic month length 29.29 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes. It is 4 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠347.5°

The true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠2.5°.

Moon before apogee

11 days after point of apogee on 4 May 2026 at 22:30 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 May 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 365 149 km

The Moon is 365 149 km (226 893 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 074 km (222 497 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 11 May 2026 at 04:36 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 23 May 2026 at 15:26 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 5 May 2026 at 11:35 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.109°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.051° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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