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The Moon Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where The Moon is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

The Moon in Virgo on October, 18 2017
12h 17m 12s
+01° 45’ 56”
-6.08
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The Moon Rise and Set Times

Today's The Moon rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 88.2°
Max altitude: 40.3°
Azimuth: 271.8°

Current Moon Phase

Phase: Waning Crescent  Age: 28.41 days
Current Moon Sky Map

The Moon 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Oct 11 -10.90 05h 49m 46s +19° 14’ 25” Orion
2017 Oct 12 -10.46 06h 50m 08s +19° 36’ 00” Gemini
2017 Oct 13 -9.96 07h 49m 38s +18° 43’ 37” Gemini
2017 Oct 14 -9.38 08h 47m 25s +16° 44’ 03” Cancer
2017 Oct 15 -8.73 09h 42m 59s +13° 48’ 33” Leo
2017 Oct 16 -7.97 10h 36m 15s +10° 10’ 53” Leo
2017 Oct 17 -7.09 11h 27m 30s +06° 05’ 21” Leo
2017 Oct 18 -6.08 12h 17m 12s +01° 45’ 56” Virgo
2017 Oct 19 -4.97 13h 05m 51s -02° 34’ 19” Virgo
2017 Oct 20 -4.40 13h 53m 58s -06° 43’ 44” Virgo
2017 Oct 21 -5.38 14h 42m 03s -10° 31’ 42” Libra
2017 Oct 22 -6.37 15h 30m 24s -13° 49’ 09” Libra
2017 Oct 23 -7.22 16h 19m 17s -16° 28’ 21” Scorpius
2017 Oct 24 -7.95 17h 08m 40s -18° 23’ 14” Ophiucus

Distance of The Moon from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of The Moon from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

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

Distance of The Moon from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of The Moon

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 2075