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The Moon

The Moon is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of The Moon is 18h 11m 11s and the Declination is -25° 06’ 58” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of The Moon is -9.03 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about The Moon [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

18h 11m 11s
-25° 06’ 58”

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What Phase is the Moon in?

Today the Moon is Waxing Crescent and its age is 5.23 days.

Phase: Waxing Crescent  Age: 5.23 days
Current Moon Sky Map

The Moon Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide The Moon finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing The Moon in Ophiucus on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing The Moon in Ophiucus on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 10x6 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 from Earth

The distance of The Moon from Earth is currently 373,271 kilometers, equivalent to 0.002495 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1.2451 seconds to travel from The Moon and arrive to us.

1.2451 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 1900 and January 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 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of The Moon to Earth happens on Wed Jan 15 1930 at a distance of 0.002382 Astronomical Units, or 356,396 kilometers:

Wed Jan 15 1930

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 -9.03.


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 1900 and January 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: 114.5°
Max altitude: 13.9°
Azimuth: 245.3°

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 Oct 14 10h 58m 18s +11° 58’ 41” -7.66 1,962.5” Leo
2020 Oct 15 11h 53m 27s +06° 13’ 19” -6.64 1,986.5” Virgo
2020 Oct 16 12h 48m 33s -00° 01’ 09” -5.39 2,002.4” Virgo
2020 Oct 17 13h 44m 16s -06° 20’ 00” -4.59 2,007.8” Virgo
2020 Oct 18 14h 41m 17s -12° 16’ 18” -5.85 2,002.1” Libra
2020 Oct 19 15h 40m 01s -17° 23’ 35” -7.04 1,986.2” Libra
2020 Oct 20 16h 40m 23s -21° 19’ 14” -8.00 1,962.3” Ophiucus
2020 Oct 21 17h 41m 35s -23° 47’ 48” -8.76 1,933.5” Ophiucus
2020 Oct 22 18h 42m 24s -24° 43’ 21” -9.38 1,902.8” Sagittarius
2020 Oct 23 19h 41m 21s -24° 09’ 25” -9.88 1,872.7” Sagittarius
2020 Oct 24 20h 37m 27s -22° 16’ 59” -10.31 1,845.2” Capricornus
2020 Oct 25 21h 30m 09s -19° 20’ 36” -10.67 1,821.4” Capricornus
2020 Oct 26 22h 19m 36s -15° 35’ 25” -11.00 1,801.8” Aquarius
2020 Oct 27 23h 06m 20s -11° 15’ 15” -11.30 1,786.5” Aquarius