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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 0.9928 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 0.9904 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9931 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0027 AU (401,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 01h12m00s +02°11' Cetus 29'44"
Sun (centre) 14h58m -16°54' Libra 32'17"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 09 November 2019
Sunrise
07:05
Sunset
17:28
Twilight ends
18:57
Twilight begins
05:36

12-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

93%

12 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:29 12:33 17:37
Venus 09:00 13:50 18:40
Moon 16:29 22:41 03:57
Mars 05:10 10:47 16:24
Jupiter 10:08 14:56 19:44
Saturn 11:36 16:27 21:17
All times shown in MST.

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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