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Full Moon

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 first to fall in autumn 2019 – the Harvest Moon.

Over the nights following 13 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 +03°13' 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 83°N and 76°S. Its distance from the Earth will be 402,000 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 01h21m10s +03°13' Pisces 29'40"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 13 October 2019
Twilight ends
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15-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


15 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:10 14:07 19:04
Venus 08:25 13:41 18:58
Moon 18:41 00:18 06:20
Mars 05:51 11:49 17:47
Jupiter 12:04 16:41 21:18
Saturn 13:48 18:26 23:05
All times shown in EDT.


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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Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.






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