For the second time this month our Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), this time on Friday January 30th. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.7 Earth diameters (404,533 km or 251,365 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*
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.