The Moon | TheSkyLive (2024)

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Above the horizon.Rise:9:14|Tran:17:24|Set:0:55

Altitude: 46.8°Azimuth: 129.6°Direction: South-East

The Moon tonight is in Waxing Crescent phase and is currently in the constellation of Cancer,at a distance of 398,675 kilometers from Earth.The current Right Ascension of The Moon is 09h 42m 55s and the Declination is +17° 24’ 11” (topocentric coordinatescomputed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom).The current magnitude of The Moon is -8.72 (JPL).

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

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Phase: Waxing CrescentAge: 4.70 days
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Credits: this image is derived from original work by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Map showing The Moon in Cancer on June, 11 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.

09h 42m 55s

+17° 24’ 11”



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

Azimuth: 70.9°

Max altitude: 56.1°

Azimuth: 290.5°

  • Moon isabove the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-East direction at an altitude of 47° above the horizon.
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Additional Resources
  • Current Phase of the Moon
  • Moon Calendar: track the phases of the moon for each day
  • Position and finder charts (see also Where is The Moon?)
  • Distance from Earth (see also How far is The Moon from Earth?)
  • When does The Moon rise and set?
  • Brightness (see also How bright is The Moon?)
  • Physical data. Detailedinformation about physical properties of The Moon, such as mass and geometric properties.
  • 15 days ephemerides. Table showing celestial coordinates and magnitude of The Moon for the past and next 7 days.
  • Interactive sky chart. An online planetarium application that shows where to locate The Moonin the sky from your location.

Map showing The Moon in Cancer on June, 11 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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 distance of The Moon from Earth is currently 398,675 kilometers,equivalent to 0.002665 Astronomical Units.Light takes1.3298 seconds to travel from The Moon and arrive to us.



1.3298 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.

Between 1 January 1600 and 30 December 2499,the closest approach ofThe Moon to Earth happens on Wed Jan 13 2275 at a distance of 0.002382 Astronomical Units, or356,377 kilometers:

Wed Jan 13 2275



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

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 inaccuraciesfor objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepanciesbetween the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

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

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of The Moon.Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical ParameterValueRelative to Earth
Diameter3474.2 km0.2727
Mass0.07342 x 1024 kg0.0123
Density3.344 gr/cm30.6065
Escape Velocity2.38 km/s0.2127
Sideral Rotation655.7199 hours27.3965
Absolute Magnitude-12.6
Geometric Albedo0.136

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 Planetariumat the chosen date.

DateRight AscensionR.A.DeclinationDec.MagnitudeMagApparent DiameterDiameterConstellation
2024 Jun 0402h 28m 58s+17° 07’ 12”-7.111,940.1”Aries
2024 Jun 0503h 25m 28s+22° 09’ 16”-6.011,929.4”Aries
2024 Jun 0604h 24m 50s+25° 51’ 19”-4.781,913.8”Taurus
2024 Jun 0705h 26m 00s+27° 56’ 44”-4.721,894.4”Taurus
2024 Jun 0806h 27m 11s+28° 18’ 42”-5.861,872.3”Auriga
2024 Jun 0907h 26m 20s+27° 02’ 03”-6.861,849.3”Gemini
2024 Jun 1008h 21m 57s+24° 20’ 58”-7.681,827.2”Cancer
2024 Jun 1109h 13m 31s+20° 33’ 59”-8.371,807.5”Cancer
2024 Jun 1210h 01m 18s+15° 59’ 15”-8.961,791.4”Leo
2024 Jun 1310h 46m 03s+10° 52’ 14”-9.451,780.1”Leo
2024 Jun 1411h 28m 48s+05° 25’ 23”-9.891,774.2”Leo
2024 Jun 1512h 10m 36s-00° 11’ 11”-10.291,773.8”Virgo
2024 Jun 1612h 52m 36s-05° 48’ 29”-10.651,779.0”Virgo
2024 Jun 1713h 35m 51s-11° 17’ 06”-11.001,789.3”Virgo

Compute the position of The Moonfor any date and time between 1 January 1600and 30 December 2499and display the results on an interactive star map.

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