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The Moon at aphelion

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 at04:21 EST(9 days ago)
09:21 UTC

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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 0.9881 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 0.9859 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9883 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 03h24m30s +13°27' Taurus 33'03"
Sun (centre) 16h34m -21°58' Ophiuchus 32'26"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 December 2017
Sunrise 07:10
Sunset 16:46
Twilight ends
18:21
Twilight begins
05:35

14-day old moon
Age of Moon
14 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:43 13:18 17:53
Venus 06:25 11:20 16:16
Moon 16:36 23:33 05:19
Mars 03:25 08:59 14:33
Jupiter 04:43 09:59 15:15
Saturn 08:28 13:12 17:57

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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