February Apogee Moon

feb-apogee   Our Moon orbits around the Sun with the Earth and from our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle Earth each month. The Moon also has a slightly elliptical-shaped orbit allowing for the Moon to have a furthest (apogee) and closest (perigee) distance from the Earth each month.

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   This month the 12.27 days old waxing gibbous Moon reaches apogee on 11 February at 11 pm CST (12 February – 5 UT) and will more or less be at a distance of 31.84 Earth diameters (406,192 km or 252,396 miles).

   
   
   
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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