July Apogee Moon

28jul-apogee    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 2-day day old waxing crescent Moon reaches apogee this month on Sunday 27 July at 11 pm CDT (28 July at 4 UT). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.87 Earth diameters (406,567 km or 252,629 miles) from the Earth. For those keeping track, this is the greatest apogee distance for this year.

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

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   Monday evening the very thin waxing crescent Moon will be setting near the star Regulus about 1 hour after local time for sunset. However given the Moon’s phase age and amount of disk (4%) reflecting sunlight it may be a challenge to see this evening.

   
   
   
   
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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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