The Moon is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of The Moon is 04h 13m 23s and the Declination is +19° 18’ 31” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of The Moon is -11.08 (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]:
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What Phase is the Moon in?
Today the Moon is Waxing Gibbous and its age is 9.93 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.
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 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.
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:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
The Moon brightness
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.
The Moon rise and set times
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|
|Mass||0.07342 x 1024 kg||0.0123|
|Escape Velocity||2.38 km/s||0.2127|
|Sideral Rotation||655.7199 hours||27.3965|
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|
|2021 Jan 16||22h 18m 02s||-15° 49’ 56”||-7.23||1,851.3”||Aquarius|
|2021 Jan 17||23h 07m 17s||-11° 14’ 02”||-8.01||1,828.0”||Aquarius|
|2021 Jan 18||23h 53m 40s||-06° 16’ 54”||-8.66||1,807.3”||Aquarius|
|2021 Jan 19||00h 38m 11s||-01° 11’ 48”||-9.21||1,790.6”||Cetus|
|2021 Jan 20||01h 21m 45s||+03° 50’ 48”||-9.68||1,779.0”||Pisces|
|2021 Jan 21||02h 05m 21s||+08° 42’ 01”||-10.10||1,772.9”||Pisces|
|2021 Jan 22||02h 49m 54s||+13° 13’ 18”||-10.48||1,772.6”||Aries|
|2021 Jan 23||03h 36m 11s||+17° 15’ 30”||-10.83||1,778.0”||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 24||04h 24m 55s||+20° 38’ 13”||-11.17||1,788.5”||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 25||05h 16m 22s||+23° 09’ 37”||-11.50||1,803.4”||Taurus|
|2021 Jan 26||06h 10m 28s||+24° 37’ 23”||-11.82||1,821.5”||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 27||07h 06m 36s||+24° 50’ 52”||-12.15||1,841.7”||Gemini|
|2021 Jan 28||08h 03m 39s||+23° 43’ 35”||-12.48||1,862.3”||Cancer|
|2021 Jan 29||09h 00m 27s||+21° 15’ 37”||-12.65||1,882.0”||Cancer|