June Perigee Moon

jun15perigee    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 17-day day old waning gibbous Moon reaches perigee this month on Sunday 15 June at 3:35 UT (Saturday 14 June at 10:35 pm CDT). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 28.385 Earth diameters (361,703 km or 224,752 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.

   Saturday evening, Sunday morning, the waning gibbous Moon will be located just east of the stars making the handle of the ‘Teapot’, the asterism for the constellation Sagittarius the Archer.

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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