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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
wb_twilight   (Nautical Twilight)   What's Visible Now?

The Moon

Above the horizon.  Rise: 15:12 | Tran: 20:45 | Set: 1:55
Altitude: 23.9°   Azimuth: 204.8°   Direction: South-South-West

The Moon tonight is in Waxing Gibbous phase and is currently in the constellation of Virgo, at a distance of 400,802 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of The Moon is 13h 30m 04s and the Declination is -11° 29’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom). The current magnitude of The Moon is -10.96 (JPL).

This image accurately depicts the Moon's current appearance, highlighting the key features near its terminator:

Moon's current appearance
Moon's current appearance
Phase: Waxing Gibbous  Age: 10.00 days
View Moon Position in the Sky
Credits: this image is derived from original work by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Finder chart of Moon in Virgo on June,16 2024
Map showing The Moon in Virgo on June, 16 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and is the fifth-largest satellite in the solar system. It has a diameter of 3,474 kilometers and a mass of 7.34 x 10^22 kilograms, making it about 1/81st the mass of Earth. The Moon's surface is covered in craters, mountains, and plains, with the largest feature being the Imbrium Basin. The Moon has no atmosphere and no magnetic field, which means that it is exposed to the solar wind and cosmic rays. It has a day length of 29.5 Earth days, which is also the length of its orbital period around Earth. The Moon has been used as a celestial body for human exploration and scientific study. The first human landing on the Moon was in 1969 during NASA's Apollo 11 mission, and since then, several missions have been sent to study the Moon's geology, surface features, and potential for future human exploration and colonization.

13h 30m 04s
-11° 29’ 08”

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

Azimuth: 99.1°
Max altitude: 28.2°
Azimuth: 263.9°

If you need to access this information frequently for your observations, you can create a simple customized Quick Access page, so that you can easily bookmark it in your browser favorites or add a shortcut to your mobile phones' home screen.

Additional Resources

The Moon Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of Moon
Map showing The Moon in Virgo on June, 16 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
View fullscreen

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 400,802 kilometers, equivalent to 0.002679 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1.3369 seconds to travel from The Moon and arrive to us.

1.3369 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.

Chart of the distance of The Moon from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 1600 and 30 December 2499, the closest approach of The Moon to Earth happens on Wed Jan 13 2275 at a distance of 0.002382 Astronomical Units, or 356,377 kilometers:

Wed Jan 13 2275

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

The Moon Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of The Moon as a function of time

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
2024 Jun 09 07h 26m 20s +27° 02’ 03” -6.86 1,849.3” Gemini
2024 Jun 10 08h 21m 57s +24° 20’ 58” -7.68 1,827.2” Cancer
2024 Jun 11 09h 13m 31s +20° 33’ 59” -8.37 1,807.5” Cancer
2024 Jun 12 10h 01m 18s +15° 59’ 15” -8.96 1,791.4” Leo
2024 Jun 13 10h 46m 03s +10° 52’ 14” -9.45 1,780.1” Leo
2024 Jun 14 11h 28m 48s +05° 25’ 23” -9.89 1,774.2” Leo
2024 Jun 15 12h 10m 36s -00° 11’ 11” -10.29 1,773.8” Virgo
2024 Jun 16 12h 52m 36s -05° 48’ 29” -10.65 1,779.0” Virgo
2024 Jun 17 13h 35m 51s -11° 17’ 06” -11.00 1,789.3” Virgo
2024 Jun 18 14h 21m 25s -16° 25’ 51” -11.33 1,804.1” Virgo
2024 Jun 19 15h 10m 22s -21° 00’ 47” -11.66 1,822.4” Libra
2024 Jun 20 16h 03m 17s -24° 44’ 32” -11.99 1,842.9” Scorpius
2024 Jun 21 17h 00m 20s -27° 17’ 26” -12.32 1,864.2” Ophiucus
2024 Jun 22 18h 00m 37s -28° 20’ 45” -12.58 1,884.7” Sagittarius