What Phase is the Moon in?
Today the Moon is Waxing Crescent and its age is 1.60 days.
Current Moon Sky Map
The Moon Position
Simplified sky chart showing where The Moon is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen 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
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 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of The Moon to Earth happens on Sun Nov 26 2034 at a distance of 0.00238273 Astronomical Units, or 356,452 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|
|2020 Feb 18||17h 34m 05s||-22° 08’ 52”||-9.03||1,858.7”||Ophiucus|
|2020 Feb 19||18h 29m 54s||-23° 14’ 56”||-8.36||1,839.0”||Sagittarius|
|2020 Feb 20||19h 25m 06s||-23° 07’ 13”||-7.60||1,821.6”||Sagittarius|
|2020 Feb 21||20h 18m 52s||-21° 49’ 53”||-6.74||1,806.3”||Capricornus|
|2020 Feb 22||21h 10m 36s||-19° 31’ 02”||-5.76||1,793.3”||Capricornus|
|2020 Feb 23||21h 59m 58s||-16° 21’ 24”||-4.70||1,782.4”||Aquarius|
|2020 Feb 24||22h 47m 08s||-12° 32’ 34”||-4.44||1,773.7”||Aquarius|
|2020 Feb 25||23h 32m 27s||-08° 16’ 00”||-5.44||1,767.5”||Aquarius|
|2020 Feb 26||00h 16m 28s||-03° 42’ 25”||-6.40||1,764.2”||Pisces|
|2020 Feb 27||00h 59m 53s||+00° 58’ 23”||-7.24||1,764.2”||Cetus|
|2020 Feb 28||01h 43m 24s||+05° 37’ 23”||-7.97||1,768.2”||Pisces|
|2020 Feb 29||02h 27m 50s||+10° 05’ 31”||-8.61||1,776.7”||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 01||03h 13m 54s||+14° 13’ 22”||-9.19||1,790.0”||Aries|
|2020 Mar 02||04h 02m 22s||+17° 50’ 17”||-9.70||1,808.4”||Taurus|