Shortest lunar month of 2016 starts May 6

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What is a lunar month? It’s just the duration between successive new moons. It’s also called a lunation or synodic month. Although the lunar month has a mean period of 29.53059 days (29 days 12 hours and 44 minutes), the actual length varies throughout the year. We list the lengths of the lunar months for you below, highlighting the shortest and longest lunar months of 2016.

Lengths of the lunar months in 2016
Shortest lunar month of 2016