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Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Moon feed
The Moon's monthly orbit around the Earth will carry it to its furthest point from the Sun – its aphelion – at a distance of 0.9859 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 aphelion, the Earth will lie at a distance of 0.9833 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9859 AU from the Sun.
This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0026 AU (394,000 km).
The 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 29 Dec 2020
|The sky on 29 December 2020|
15 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.
|21 Dec 2020||– Moon at First Quarter|
|29 Dec 2020||– Full Moon|
|06 Jan 2021||– Moon at Last Quarter|
|13 Jan 2021||– New Moon|
Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.