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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 Cetus on May, 24 2017
02h 24m 16s
+09° 23’ 11”
-6.61
 = 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: 80.6°
Max altitude: 47.9°
Azimuth: 279.4°

Current Moon Phase

Phase: Waning Crescent  Age: 27.65 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 May 17 -10.80 20h 18m 33s -17° 23’ 13” Capricornus
2017 May 18 -10.46 21h 09m 02s -15° 10’ 26” Capricornus
2017 May 19 -10.08 21h 59m 27s -12° 12’ 09” Aquarius
2017 May 20 -9.64 22h 50m 03s -08° 33’ 56” Aquarius
2017 May 21 -9.10 23h 41m 16s -04° 23’ 26” Aquarius
2017 May 22 -8.45 00h 33m 38s +00° 09’ 14” Cetus
2017 May 23 -7.63 01h 27m 47s +04° 50’ 33” Pisces
2017 May 24 -6.61 02h 24m 16s +09° 23’ 11” Cetus
2017 May 25 -5.38 03h 23m 29s +13° 26’ 26” Aries
2017 May 26 -4.62 04h 25m 11s +16° 38’ 39” Taurus
2017 May 27 -5.84 05h 28m 37s +18° 41’ 03” Taurus
2017 May 28 -7.01 06h 32m 22s +19° 22’ 42” Gemini
2017 May 29 -7.97 07h 34m 50s +18° 43’ 09” Gemini
2017 May 30 -8.74 08h 34m 41s +16° 51’ 38” Cancer

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