Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Moon feed
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.
This month's full moon will take place unusually close to the time of month when the Moon also makes its closest approach to the Earth – called its perigee. This means the moon will appear slightly larger and brighter than at other times, though any difference is imperceptible to the unaided eye. Perigee full moons such as this occur roughly once every 13 months.
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 first to fall in autumn 2016 – the Harvest Moon.
Over the nights following 16 October, 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 +05°47' in the constellation Pisces , and so will appear high in the sky at all but the most extreme latitudes. It will be visible at all latitudes between 85°N and 74°S. Its distance from the Earth will be 358,000 km.
The exact position of the Moon at the time it reaches full phase will be:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 16 October 2016|
15 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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.
|16 Oct 2016, 00:24 EDT||– Full Moon|
|22 Oct 2016, 15:15 EDT||– Moon at Last Quarter|
|30 Oct 2016, 13:40 EDT||– New Moon|
|07 Nov 2016, 14:52 EST||– Moon at First Quarter|