It’s A Super Perigee New Moon – But Don’t Look!

   Our Moon reaches perigee, (closest to Earth), for this orbit, on Friday October 16th. At that time the new Moon, in the direction of the Sun, will be at a distance of 27.98 Earth diameters, or 221,767 miles (356,900 km) from the Earth, and about 7-10 km further than the super perigee Moon of this past April.
   At this distance the new Moon is at its second closest perigee distance allowing this new Moon to be considered a ‘Super Moon’.
   Don’t look for the Moon as it is at new phase and in the direction of the Sun. Stay safe and explore the Super Moons for 2020 graphically.

   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)


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