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The Moon at perihelion

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The Moon's monthly orbit around the Earth will carry it to its closest point to the Sun – its perihelion – at a distance of 0.9865 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 0.9887 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9863 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (363,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 17h15m00s -23°01' Ophiuchus 32'50"
Sun (centre) 15h29m -18°58' Libra 32'21"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 16 November 2020
Sunrise
06:53
Sunset
16:53
Twilight ends
18:26
Twilight begins
05:20

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

4%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:21 10:45 16:09
Venus 04:16 09:55 15:34
Moon 08:39 13:24 18:10
Mars 14:59 21:19 03:43
Jupiter 11:17 16:05 20:52
Saturn 11:30 16:20 21:10
All times shown in EST.

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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