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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 0.9865 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 0.9838 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9865 AU from the Sun.
This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0027 AU (399,000 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 18 Jan 2022
|The sky on 18 January 2022|
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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.
|17 Jan 2022||– Full Moon|
|25 Jan 2022||– Moon at Last Quarter|
|01 Feb 2022||– New Moon|
|08 Feb 2022||– Moon at First Quarter|
Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.