The Moon is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of The Moon is 15h 52m 00s and the Declination is -20° 33’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of The Moon is -7.68 (JPL).

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The distance of The Moon from Earth is currently 361,561 kilometers, equivalent to 0.002417 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1.2060 seconds to travel from The Moon and arrive to us.

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.

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of The Moon to Earth happens on Sun Nov 26 2034 at a distance of 0.002383 Astronomical Units, or 356,452 kilometers:

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

The current visual magnitude of The Moon is -7.68.

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.

Today’s The Moon rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

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 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 2021 Dec 23 09h 07m 40s +21° 40’ 17” -11.57 1,796.8” Cancer 2021 Dec 24 09h 57m 38s +17° 57’ 29” -11.27 1,812.4” Leo 2021 Dec 25 10h 46m 09s +13° 23’ 57” -10.96 1,831.4” Leo 2021 Dec 26 11h 33m 46s +08° 10’ 17” -10.62 1,853.8” Leo 2021 Dec 27 12h 21m 15s +02° 27’ 46” -10.22 1,879.3” Virgo 2021 Dec 28 13h 09m 41s -03° 30’ 54” -9.76 1,906.7” Virgo 2021 Dec 29 14h 00m 14s -09° 30’ 23” -9.20 1,934.7” Virgo 2021 Dec 30 14h 54m 06s -15° 11’ 02” -8.51 1,960.9” Libra 2021 Dec 31 15h 52m 18s -20° 08’ 08” -7.65 1,982.5” Libra 2022 Jan 01 16h 55m 01s -23° 53’ 08” -6.58 1,996.8” Ophiucus 2022 Jan 02 18h 01m 23s -25° 59’ 03” -5.29 2,001.5” Sagittarius 2022 Jan 03 19h 08m 59s -26° 09’ 02” -4.59 1,995.7” Sagittarius 2022 Jan 04 20h 14m 57s -24° 23’ 44” -5.91 1,979.7” Capricornus 2022 Jan 05 21h 16m 59s -21° 00’ 46” -7.05 1,955.5” Capricornus