June Apogee Moon

2june-apogee_mon    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 nearly 5-day day old waxing crescent Moon reaches apogee this month on Tuesday 3 June at 4 UT (Monday 2 June at 10 pm CDT). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.745 Earth diameters (404,520 km or 251,357 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 on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Monday evening the waxing crescent Moon will be within about 7o from the open star cluster M-44, also known as the Beehive Cluster, or Praesepe from Latin for manger. The waxing crescent Moon will be shining brightly at nearly -11th magnitude while in comparison the Beehive Cluster has an overall brightness of +4.

   
   
   
   
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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