April’s Apogee Moon

april-apogee-moon    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.
   The 8.5 day old waxing gibbous Moon reaches apogee this month, Tuesday 8 April at 15 UT (10:00 am CDT). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.71 Earth diameters (404,074 km or 251,080 miles) from the Earth.
   Click here to read my 2006 Scope on the Sky column “The Real Shape of the Moon’s Orbit”. (PDF)
   Click here to see where the Moon is this evening.

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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