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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 1.0126 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 1.0150 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0126 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (361,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 09h47m30s +16°02' Leo 33'02"
Sun (centre) 08h46m +17°57' Cancer 31'30"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 22 February 2020
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:39 12:26 18:13
Venus 08:19 14:47 21:15
Moon 06:31 11:30 16:29
Mars 03:30 08:03 12:37
Jupiter 04:24 09:03 13:43
Saturn 04:57 09:43 14:29
All times shown in EST.


Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.


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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