None available.

The Moon at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Moon feed

Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
The sky at

The Moon's monthly orbit around the Earth will carry it to its closest point to the Sun – its perihelion – at a distance of 1.0072 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 1.0094 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0070 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (359,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 12h22m00s +03°02' Virgo 33'13"
Sun (centre) 10h39m +08°28' Leo 31'41"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 01 September 2019
Sunrise
06:09
Sunset
19:19
Twilight ends
20:59
Twilight begins
04:29

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

4%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:55 12:38 19:22
Venus 06:34 13:05 19:37
Moon 08:51 14:55 20:58
Mars 06:09 12:47 19:24
Jupiter 14:21 18:57 23:33
Saturn 16:27 21:02 01:40
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.

Related news

01 Sep 2019  –  The Moon at perihelion
05 Sep 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
11 Sep 2019  –  The Moon at aphelion
13 Sep 2019  –  The Moon at apogee

Image credit

None available.

Cambridge

Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

42.38°N
71.11°W
EST

Color scheme