March Apogee Moon

   The Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), this month on Thursday March 5th at 7 UT (1 am CST). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.86 Earth diameters (406,384 km or 252,515 miles) from the Earth.
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 full Moon rises at around sunset local time and is visible all night, setting at around the local time for sunrise.

*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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