April Apogee Moon #2

29apr-apogee   The Moon will reach apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), for the second time this month on Wednesday April 29th at 4 UT (Tuesday 11 pm CDT 28 April). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.75 Earth diameters (405,083 km or 251,707 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 10-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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