February Perigee Moon

   Our Moon reaches perigee, (closest to Earth), for this orbit, on Monday February 10th. At that time the Moon will be at a distance of 28.26 Earth diameters, 223,981 miles (360,463 km) from the Earth.

   On the day of the perigee Moon the 17-day old waning gibbous Moon will be over the eastern horizon around mid-evening.

   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)

   
   
   

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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1 thought on “February Perigee Moon

  1. If you try to put Earth at the center, the math will kill you. Remember all those amazing models that tried to explain the motions of planets with Earth at the center? Elegant math is truth.

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