October Perigee Moon

6oct-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*.

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   The 12.7 day old waxing gibbous Moon reaches perigee this month on Monday October 6th at 9:40 UT (4:40 am CDT). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 28.4 Earth diameters (362,476 km or 225,232 miles) from the Earth.
   Monday evening the waxing gibbous Moon rises about 2 hours after sunset local time.

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

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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