Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.

The Moon at aphelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 0.9907 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 0.9883 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9909 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0026 AU (385,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 11h30m20s 8°11'N Leo 30'56"
Sun (centre) 22h06m -11°40' Aquarius 32'22"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 18 February 2022
Sunrise
06:44
Sunset
17:32
Twilight ends
19:04
Twilight begins
05:12

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

94%

17 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:32 10:24 15:16
Venus 04:13 09:14 14:16
Moon 18:33 01:24 08:05
Mars 04:43 09:20 13:56
Jupiter 07:19 12:53 18:27
Saturn 06:18 11:22 16:25
All times shown in EST.

Source

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.

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Image credit

Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.

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