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The Moon at aphelion

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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 1.0019 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 0.9998 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0024 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0026 AU (391,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 15h13m50s -12°45' Libra 30'30"
Sun (centre) 00h49m +05°17' Pisces 31'59"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 03 April 2018
Sunrise
06:32
Sunset
19:18
Twilight ends
20:53
Twilight begins
04:56

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

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17 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:13 12:38 19:03
Venus 07:24 14:12 21:00
Moon 22:50 03:11 08:32
Mars 02:11 06:46 11:20
Jupiter 22:20 03:26 08:27
Saturn 02:04 06:43 11:23
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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