March Perigee Moon

19mar-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*.

19mar   The 28.5-day old very thin waning crescent Moon reaches perigee this month on Thursday February 19th at 19:30 UT (1:30 pm CST). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 28.03 Earth diameters (357,584 km or 222,192 miles) from the Earth.

   This Moon is only 14 hours from its new phase and a solar eclipse.

   *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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