Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 16 May 2026 Saturday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 14 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45.
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.
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.
29 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes is the length of new lunation 326. It is 4 minutes longer than next lunation 327 length.
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.
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°).
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.
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).
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.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.