November Moon at Apogee

27nov-apogee_moon Our Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), on Sunday November 27th. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.87 Earth diameters (406,554 km or 252,621 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 nearly new Moon, a 27.5-day old thin waning crescent Moon, rises about 2 hours before the Sun. This may be an opportunity to set a record for viewing the oldest Moon seen with the naked eye. The youngest Moon seen with the naked eye was seen by Stephen James O’Meara in May 1990 when he saw a waxing Moon that was only 15 hours, 32 minutes old.
   New Moon happens on the 29th at 12:18 UT (6:18 am CST).


Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to go to bobs-spaces.

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