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The Moon at perihelion

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The Moon's monthly orbit around the Earth will carry it to its closest point to the Sun – its perihelion – at a distance of 1.0064 AU from the Sun.

This happens at around the time when the Moon's orbit carries it between the Sun and the Earth, at around the same time that it passes new moon.

At the moment of the Moon's perihelion, the Earth will lie at a distance of 1.0088 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0061 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0027 AU (404,000 km).

The exact positions of the Sun and Moon in the sky will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 12h29m20s -07°08' Virgo 29'30"
Sun (centre) 10h47m +07°37' Leo 31'42"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 09 April 2020
Sunrise
06:22
Sunset
19:26
Twilight ends
21:03
Twilight begins
04:45

16-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

98%

16 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:43 11:34 17:26
Venus 08:08 15:49 23:30
Moon 21:47 02:01 07:31
Mars 03:27 08:18 13:08
Jupiter 02:45 07:29 12:13
Saturn 03:04 07:53 12:43
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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41.14°N
73.26°W
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