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What Phase is the Moon in?

Today the Moon is Waxing Crescent and its age is 1.60 days.

Phase: Waxing Crescent  Age: 1.60 days
Current Moon Sky Map

The Moon Position

The Moon is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 23h 48m 32s and the Declination is -06° 36’ 55”.

23h 48m 32s
-06° 36’ 55”

Simplified sky chart showing where The Moon is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing The Moon in Aquarius on February, 25 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Also check out Where is The Moon?, a page that provides all the information needed to find The Moon in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

The Moon Distance

The distance of The Moon from Earth is currently 405,807 kilometers, equivalent to 0.002713 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1.3536 seconds to travel from The Moon and arrive to us.

405,807
0.002713
1.3536 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of The Moon from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of The Moon from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth.

Closest approach of The Moon to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of The Moon to Earth happens on Sun Nov 26 2034 at a distance of 0.00238273 Astronomical Units, or 356,452 kilometers:

Sun Nov 26 2034
356,452
0.002383

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

The Moon brightness

The current visual magnitude of The Moon is -5.79.

-5.79
1,765.9”

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of The Moon, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of The Moon between January 2013 and December 2100

The Moon rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's The Moon rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 96.8°
Max altitude: 32.8°
Azimuth: 265.3°
The Moon is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of The Moon touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

The Moon Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of The Moon. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 3474.2 km 0.2727
Mass 0.07342 x 1024 kg 0.0123
Density 3.344 gr/cm3 0.6065
Escape Velocity 2.38 km/s 0.2127
Sideral Rotation 655.7199 hours 27.3965
Absolute Magnitude -12.6
Geometric Albedo 0.136

The Moon 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of The Moon computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate The Moon in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Apparent DiameterDiameter Constellation
2020 Feb 18 17h 34m 05s -22° 08’ 52” -9.03 1,858.7” Ophiucus
2020 Feb 19 18h 29m 54s -23° 14’ 56” -8.36 1,839.0” Sagittarius
2020 Feb 20 19h 25m 06s -23° 07’ 13” -7.60 1,821.6” Sagittarius
2020 Feb 21 20h 18m 52s -21° 49’ 53” -6.74 1,806.3” Capricornus
2020 Feb 22 21h 10m 36s -19° 31’ 02” -5.76 1,793.3” Capricornus
2020 Feb 23 21h 59m 58s -16° 21’ 24” -4.70 1,782.4” Aquarius
2020 Feb 24 22h 47m 08s -12° 32’ 34” -4.44 1,773.7” Aquarius
2020 Feb 25 23h 32m 27s -08° 16’ 00” -5.44 1,767.5” Aquarius
2020 Feb 26 00h 16m 28s -03° 42’ 25” -6.40 1,764.2” Pisces
2020 Feb 27 00h 59m 53s +00° 58’ 23” -7.24 1,764.2” Cetus
2020 Feb 28 01h 43m 24s +05° 37’ 23” -7.97 1,768.2” Pisces
2020 Feb 29 02h 27m 50s +10° 05’ 31” -8.61 1,776.7” Cetus
2020 Mar 01 03h 13m 54s +14° 13’ 22” -9.19 1,790.0” Aries
2020 Mar 02 04h 02m 22s +17° 50’ 17” -9.70 1,808.4” Taurus