The Moon reaches perigee, (minimum distance from Earth), this month on Sunday August 30th. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 28.9 Earth diameters (358,288 km or 222,630 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*
The 16.5-day old waning gibbous Moon is just past full phase and is lined up with the left side the Square of Pegasus, an asterism formed with three stars from the constellation Pegasus the Winged Horse, and one star from the constellation Andromeda the Princess.
Read this very informative article about the Earth-Moon system and their orbital motions, written by Joe Hanson. “Do We Orbit the Moon?”
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.