Full Moon

2015 Jan 5

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

The Moon will reach full phase – making it visible for much of the night, lying almost directly opposite the Sun in the sky.

Full Moons are traditionally given names according to the season in which they fall, and this will be the first full moon of winter 2015, traditionally called the Old Moon.

Over the nights following 5 January, the Moon will rise around 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, 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 +17°42' in the constellation Gemini, 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 397,000 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 06h59m50s +17°42' Gemini 30'03"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.


The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org

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