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Celebrate the 'Taco Moon' with a free taco from Taco Bell tonight!

 Celebrate the "Taco Moon" tonight (May 4) with a free crunchy taco from Taco Bell.
Celebrate the "Taco Moon" tonight (May 4) with a free crunchy taco from Taco Bell. (Image credit: Taco Bell)

The last quarter moon will shine like a big, cheesy taco in the sky tonight (May 4), and Taco Bell is celebrating the moon phase (opens in new tab) by giving away free tacos. 

For today's first-ever "Taco Moon" event, the company will give customers a free crunchy taco from 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time. No purchase is necessary to receive a free taco, and you can order online, via the app or in-person at a participating location.

"Taco Bell plans to give away the most tacos it ever has on a single day on May 4 when the saga of lunar phases ultimately displays its perfect half-moon shape," Taco Bell officials said in a statement (opens in new tab).

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"We know the May 4 moon will take us to new 'heights' as we introduce ourselves to new future fans in a delicious way," Julie Felss Masino, president of Taco Bell International, said in the statement.

The "Taco Moon" event is happening on the same day as Star Wars Day, but it won't actually coincide with the last quarter moon. Last quarter phase, when the moon's Earth-facing side is half-illuminated, occurred Monday (May 3) at 3:50 p.m. EDT (1950 GMT), after moonset. On Tuesday, the moon will set in the afternoon, before the free tacos are served.

Earth's natural satellite, which is currently waning, will look like a taco again two weeks from now, on May 19, when it reaches first quarter phase. It takes on this taco-like shape twice every month, but Taco Bell's "Taco Moon" giveaway is not a recurring event like the lunar phase, so snatch your free moon taco tonight while you can!

You can learn more about today's Taco Moon event at TacoBell.com/TacoMoon (opens in new tab).

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.