Mark your calendars for the next May 2023 New Moon! The next May New Moon is Friday May 19, 2023 11:53 AM EDT or 3:53 PM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the fifth new moon in 2023.
A new moon is the first lunar phase that happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average. The moon itself is not visible though you may be able to “see” it because it blocks the visibility of the stars behind it.
Ready to dive a little deeper into the May New Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.
The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time (ET) account for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.
When is the new moon in May 2023?
The new moon in May will be on Friday May 19, 2023 at 11:53 AM EDT or 3:53 PM UTC. The May 19th new moon will be the fifth new moon of 2023 and the new moon in Taurus.
What is the name of the May 2023 New Moon?
The May 2023 New Moon will be called the New Strawberry Moon because it is the start of the June Full Moon lunar cycle. Depending on the year the name will change.
The associated full moon’s name is a name you could have guessed if you like to pick strawberries in June. The Full Strawberry Moon fits nicely as summer approaches, and it’s time to enjoy this fruit.
Other nicknames for when the May New Moon when it start’s June’s full moon cycle include the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon.
Which season includes the May New Moon?
In 2023, the May New Moon will be the third new moon of the Spring 2023 season. It will be the third new moon after the Spring Equinox in 2023. Because it is not the last new moon of Spring, and Spring will have four new moons, the May 19th new moon will also be considered a seasonal black moon.
The Vernal or Spring equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring and the end of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
In 2023, the Spring Equinox will be on Monday March 20, 2023 at 5:25 PM EDT or 9:25 PM UTC.
When is the full moon for the 2023 New Strawberry Moon?
The Full Strawberry Moon will be on Saturday June 3, 2023 at 11:42 PM EDT or June 4, 2023 at 3:42 AM UTC and will be the full moon in Sagittarius.
The full moon that will occur in May 2023 will be the middle of the lunar cycle that will start in April 2023.
May 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC
Below are the lunar phases for May 2023 including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that are on the schedule for each month. The date and times are based on both the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.
|Lunar Phase||US Eastern Date & Time||UTC Date & Time|
|May Full Moon||May 5, 2023 1:34 PM EDT||May 5, 2023 5:34 PM UTC|
|May Last Quarter||May 12, 2023 10:28 AM EDT||May 12, 2023 2:28 PM UTC|
|May New Moon||May 19, 2023 11:53 AM EDT||May 19, 2023 3:53 PM UTC|
|May First Quarter||May 27, 2023 11:22 AM EDT||May 27, 2023 3:22 PM UTC|
Frequently Asked Questions
Have additional questions about the May New Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.
In 2023, there will be one new moon in May. The May New Moon will be on Friday May 19, 2023 at 11:53 AM EDT or 3:53 PM UTC. In some years the calendar aligns so that May has two new moons, but not for 2023.
Future New Moon Calendars
And if you’re looking for when the new moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.
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