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The Moon at aphelion

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 at13:07 EDT(22 days ago)
17:07 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 1.0108 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 1.0086 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0112 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0026 AU (394,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 20h50m40s -16°24' Capricornus 30'15"
Sun (centre) 10h50m +07°23' Leo 31'42"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 03 September 2017
Sunrise 06:39
Sunset 19:36
Twilight ends
21:10
Twilight begins
05:06

13-day old moon
Age of Moon
13 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:41 12:17 18:53
Venus 04:03 11:07 18:11
Moon 18:17 23:28 03:42
Mars 05:36 12:22 19:09
Jupiter 10:03 15:41 21:19
Saturn 14:51 19:37 00:28

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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