Moonset over Canyon DeChelly
Our Moon orbits around the Sun with the Earth and from our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle the Earth each month. The Moon also has a slightly elliptical-shaped
orbit allowing for the Moon to have a furthest (apogee
) and closest (perigee
) distances from the Earth each month. This month the 22.6 days old last quarter Moon reaches apogee
at 1 pm CDT today, 27 September, and will more or less be at a distance of 32 Earth diameters (404,308 km or 252,255 miles).
Click on graphic to see it full size.
So, speaking of the Moon, or actually writing about it, if you are out and about before or around sunrise Saturday morning the waning crescent Moon will be near the side of Pollux, one of the Gemini Twins, and within a few degrees from the planet Jupiter.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.