January Perigee Moon

1jan   Our Moon orbits around the Sun with the Earth and from our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle around the Earth, however in reality the Moon orbits the Sun together with the Earth.
   This month the 9.8 hour old new Moon reaches perigee today, New Year’s Day, 1 January, at 21:03 UT (3:03 pm CST), and will more or less be at a distance of 27.98 Earth diameters (356,544 km or 221,546 miles) from the Earth.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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