April Apogee Moon

1apr-apogee   The Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), this month on Wednesday April 1st at 13 UT (8 am CST). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.83 Earth diameters (406,012 km or 252,284 miles) from the Earth.
   Does our Moon actually go around the Earth as this graphic shows? 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*
*Click here to read my 2006 Scope on the Sky column “The Real Shape of the Moon’s Orbit”. (PDF)

   The 12.5-day old waxing gibbous Moon rises about 1-2 hours before sunset local time and will be visible all night, setting at around the local time for sunrise.

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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