Crescent ♌ Leo
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 16 May 2026 at 20:01.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 10 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45.
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.
The Moon is 4 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.
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°).
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.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠2.5°.
2 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 June 2026 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 366 397 km (227 669 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 369 km (252 506 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 11 May 2026 at 04:36 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 23 May 2026 at 15:26 in ♌ Leo.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.051°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.988° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 June 2026 at 16:59 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 10 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.