April Perigee Moon

apr17-perigee   The Moon reaches perigee, (minimum distance from Earth), this month on Friday April 18th at 03:47 UT (10:37 pm CST Thursday April 17th). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 28.30 Earth diameters (361,023 km or 224,330 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 Moon reaches new Moon phase at 18:57 UT on Friday April 18th. The Moon will rise and set with the Sun but the Moon will not be visible today.

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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