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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 Ophiucus on February, 20 2017
16h 53m 57s
-17° 20’ 44”
-9.53
 = 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: 107.3°
Max altitude: 21.2°
Azimuth: 252.7°

Current Moon Phase

Phase: Waning Crescent  Age: 23.96 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 Feb 13 -12.10 11h 20m 23s +05° 48’ 09” Leo
2017 Feb 14 -11.76 12h 09m 30s +01° 42’ 44” Virgo
2017 Feb 15 -11.42 12h 57m 11s -02° 21’ 00” Virgo
2017 Feb 16 -11.08 13h 44m 00s -06° 13’ 19” Virgo
2017 Feb 17 -10.73 14h 30m 37s -09° 46’ 08” Libra
2017 Feb 18 -10.36 15h 17m 31s -12° 52’ 27” Libra
2017 Feb 19 -9.96 16h 05m 12s -15° 26’ 00” Scorpius
2017 Feb 20 -9.53 16h 53m 57s -17° 20’ 44” Ophiucus
2017 Feb 21 -9.03 17h 43m 54s -18° 30’ 56” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 22 -8.46 18h 35m 04s -18° 51’ 28” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 23 -7.78 19h 27m 11s -18° 18’ 34” Sagittarius
2017 Feb 24 -6.96 20h 19m 58s -16° 50’ 40” Capricornus
2017 Feb 25 -5.98 21h 13m 01s -14° 29’ 12” Capricornus
2017 Feb 26 -4.78 22h 06m 06s -11° 19’ 05” Aquarius

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 January 2030

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 January 2030