June Apogee Moon

23jun-apogee   The Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), this month on Tuesday June 23rd at 17 UT (12 pm CDT). At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.68 Earth diameters (404,132 km or 251,116 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)

Read this very informative article about the Earth-Moon system and their orbital motions, written by Joe Hanson. “Do We Orbit the Moon?”

   The 7.5-day old waxing crescent Moon rises during the early afternoon hours and sets after midnight local time.

   
   
   

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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