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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 Libra on January, 22 2017
15h 33m 30s
-13° 53’ 39”
-9.09
 = 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: 103.9°
Max altitude: 24.6°
Azimuth: 256.1°

Current Moon Phase

Phase: Waning Crescent  Age: 24.36 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 Jan 15 -11.93 09h 58m 18s +11° 47’ 57” Leo
2017 Jan 16 -11.57 10h 50m 31s +08° 05’ 12” Leo
2017 Jan 17 -11.20 11h 40m 09s +04° 06’ 11” Virgo
2017 Jan 18 -10.83 12h 27m 52s +00° 03’ 15” Virgo
2017 Jan 19 -10.44 13h 14m 22s -03° 53’ 43” Virgo
2017 Jan 20 -10.03 14h 00m 24s -07° 36’ 46” Virgo
2017 Jan 21 -9.58 14h 46m 36s -10° 58’ 56” Libra
2017 Jan 22 -9.09 15h 33m 30s -13° 53’ 39” Libra
2017 Jan 23 -8.53 16h 21m 33s -16° 14’ 21” Scorpius
2017 Jan 24 -7.88 17h 10m 59s -17° 54’ 24” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 25 -7.13 18h 01m 45s -18° 47’ 34” Sagittarius
2017 Jan 26 -6.24 18h 53m 39s -18° 48’ 44” Sagittarius
2017 Jan 27 -5.18 19h 46m 14s -17° 55’ 06” Sagittarius
2017 Jan 28 -4.11 20h 39m 06s -16° 06’ 55” Capricornus

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