The Moon will reach full phase – the
third full moon of summer 2013,
traditionally called the Fruit Moon in the
As at any time when the Moon reaches full phase, it will be
brighter than at any other time of the month, and will also be visible for
much of the night on account of lying almost directly opposite the Sun in the
Over the nights following 20 August, the Moon will rise a little
under an hour later each day so as to become prominent later in the night.
Within a few days, it will only be visible in the pre-dawn and early-morning
sky. By the time it reaches last quarter, around a week after full moon, it
will rise at around midnight and set at around noon.
At the moment when the Moon reaches full phase, it will lie at a declination
of -07°39' in the constellation Aquarius, and so
appear high in the sky at all but the most extreme latitudes. It will be visible at all latitudes between 72°N and 87°S. Its distance from the Earth will be 365,000 km.
The detailed circumstances of this event are:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The sky on Tue, 20 August 2013
The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).