Our Moon reaches perigee, (closest to Earth), for this orbit, on Friday September 18st. At that time the Moon will be at a distance of 28.15 Earth diameters, 223,122 miles (359,081 km) from the Earth.
On the day of the perigee Moon the 1.5-day old waxing crescent Moon will be over the western horizon near the innermost planet Mercury. Further to the east are Jupiter and Saturn.
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* *Clickhereto read my 2006Scope on the Skycolumn “The Real Shape of the Moon’s Orbit”. (PDF)
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