April Perigee Moon is Super!

   Our Moon reaches perigee, (closest to Earth), for this orbit, on Tuesday April 7th. At that time the Moon will be at a distance of 26.98 Earth diameters, 221,772 miles (356,908 km) from the Earth.
   This separation distance between the Earth and our Moon is the closest perigee for the year making this full Moon a ‘super-Moon’.

   On the day of the perigee Moon the 14.5-day old Full Moon will be over the eastern horizon around mid-evening and about 7o from the blue-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Harvest Maiden.

   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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