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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 0.9920 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 0.9942 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9918 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (365,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 15h53m30s -17°17' Libra 32'43"
Sun (centre) 14h00m -12°18' Virgo 32'10"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 13 July 2020
Sunrise
05:19
Sunset
20:20
Twilight ends
22:28
Twilight begins
03:12

22-day old moon
Waning Crescent

42%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:22 11:40 18:57
Venus 02:46 09:56 17:07
Moon 00:40 07:03 13:26
Mars 23:49 05:55 11:59
Jupiter 20:13 00:55 05:32
Saturn 20:36 01:23 06:07
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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04 Nov 1995  –  The Moon at aphelion

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