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The Moon at aphelion

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The Moon's monthly orbit around the Earth will carry it to its furthest point from the Sun – its aphelion – at a distance of 1.0133 AU from the Sun.

This happens at around the time when the Moon's orbit carries it around the far side of the Earth as seen from the Sun, at around the same time that it passes full moon.

At the moment of the Moon's perihelion, the Earth will lie at a distance of 1.0111 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0135 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (358,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 17h06m00s -19°20' Ophiuchus 33'18"
Sun (centre) 03h31m +19°03' Taurus 31'38"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 26 February 2020
Sunrise
06:25
Sunset
17:29
Twilight ends
19:02
Twilight begins
04:52

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

10%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:05 11:47 17:28
Venus 08:02 14:39 21:16
Moon 08:09 14:12 20:14
Mars 03:21 07:51 12:20
Jupiter 04:06 08:42 13:19
Saturn 04:37 09:20 14:03
All times shown in EST.

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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27 May 1995  –  The Moon at perihelion
29 May 1995  –  New Moon

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