December Perigee Moon

24dec-perigee    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 2.8 day old waxing crescent Moon reaches perigee this month on Wednesday December 24th at 16:42 UT (10 am CST). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 28.6 Earth diameters (364,797 km or 226,674 miles) from the Earth.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Wednesday evening the waxing crescent Moon is near Mars and Comet Finlay (16P).

   *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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