510 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Moon feed
The Moon's monthly orbit around the Earth will carry it to its closest point to the Sun – its perihelion – at a distance of 0.9809 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 0.9833 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9809 AU from the Sun.
This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (358,000 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 02 Jan 2022
|The sky on 02 January 2022|
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All times shown in EST.
Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.
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.
|02 Jan 2022||– New Moon|
|09 Jan 2022||– Moon at First Quarter|
|17 Jan 2022||– Full Moon|
|25 Jan 2022||– Moon at Last Quarter|
Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.