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.
This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (356,000 km).
The exact positions of the Sun and Moon in the sky will be:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 01 January 2018|
14 days old
All times shown in EST.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|01 Jan 2018||– The Moon at aphelion|
|01 Jan 2018||– Full Moon|
|08 Jan 2018||– Moon at Last Quarter|
|14 Jan 2018||– The Moon at apogee|
Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.