Our Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), on Wednesday June 15th. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.75 Earth diameters (405,024 km or 251,670 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?”
The 11-day old waxing gibbous Moon rises a few hours before sunset local time and is east from the blue-white star Spica in Virgo the Maiden. Down to the left from the Moon is Mars, the star Antares, and Saturn.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.