April’s Perigee Moon

22apr-perigee_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 22.86 day old waning Crescent Moon reaches perigee this month, Tuesday 23 April at 00:22 UT (7:22 pm CDT 22 April). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 29.98 Earth diameters (369,349 km or 229,503 miles) from the Earth.

   *Click here to read my 2006 Scope on the Sky column “The Real Shape of the Moon’s Orbit”. (PDF)

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Tuesday morning, 23 April, the waning crescent Moon will be close to Comet C/2012 Linear X1, however at 11th magnitude the comet is too dim for viewing and especially so close to the much, much brighter crescent Moon.
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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