June Moon at Apogee #2

   Our Moon reaches apogee, (greatest distance from Earth), on Friday June 29nd. At that time the Moon will more or less be at a distance of 31.83 Earth diameters (406,100 km or 252,338 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)


   On the morning of the apogee the 16-day old waning gibbous Moon will be over the southern horizon and between the planets Saturn and Mars.

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 monthly observing information, or here to go to bobs-spaces.

One thought on “June Moon at Apogee #2

  1. Pingback: June Moon at Apogee #2 — Bob’s Spaces https://bobs-spaces.net/2018/06/28/june-moon-at-apogee-2/ – „Ingerii sunt spirite inaripate, prietene cu spiritul tau inaripat.“

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