November Moon at Perigee – But You Can’t See It!

click on graphic to see it larger   Our Moon reaches perigee, (closest to Earth), for this orbit, on Saturday November 14th. At that time the Moon will be at a distance of 28.5 Earth diameters, 222,350 miles (357,837 km) from the Earth.

   On the day of the perigee Moon will be at new phase and will not be visible. Start watching for the waxing crescent Moon to show up after sunset in a couple of days.

   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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