August Apogee Moon

aug18-apogee-moon   The Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), this month on Tuesday August 18th. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.80 Earth diameters (404,848 km or 252,182 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 4.5-day old waxing crescent Moon rises during the early afternoon hours and sets after midnight local time. This evening it will be to the right (west) from the blue-white star Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden.


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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