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Full Moon

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The Moon will reach full phase. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, the Moon lies almost directly opposite the Sun in the sky, placing it high above the horizon for much of the night.

The sequence of full moons through the year are often assigned names according to the seasons in which they fall. This month's will be the second to fall in winter 1972 – the Wolf Moon.

Over the nights following 30 January, the Moon will rise around an hour later each day, becoming 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, a week after full moon, it will rise at around midnight and set at around noon.

At the exact moment when the Moon reaches full phase, it will lie at a declination of +17°20' in the constellation Cancer , and so will appear highest in the northern hemisphere. It will be visible from all latitudes south of 62°S. Its distance from the Earth will be 385,000 km.

The exact position of the Moon at the time it reaches full phase will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 08h49m30s +17°20' Cancer 30'56"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 09 March 2021
Sunrise
06:14
Sunset
17:52
Twilight ends
19:24
Twilight begins
04:42

26-day old moon
Waning Crescent

17%

26 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:13 10:22 15:31
Venus 06:13 11:50 17:27
Moon 04:34 09:10 13:45
Mars 09:18 16:45 00:13
Jupiter 05:02 10:07 15:13
Saturn 04:35 09:30 14:26
All times shown in EST.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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30 Jan 1972  –  Full Moon
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05 Feb 1972  –  The Moon at apogee
07 Feb 1972  –  Moon at Last Quarter

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Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.

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