Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.

The Moon at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 0.9841 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 0.9864 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 0.9840 AU from the Sun.

This distance between the Earth and Moon will be 0.0024 AU (362,000 km).

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 20h11m20s 25°05'S Capricornus 32'55"
Sun (centre) 21h25m -15°08' Capricornus 32'25"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 08 February 2024
Sunrise
06:58
Sunset
17:18
Twilight ends
18:54
Twilight begins
05:22

28-day old moon
Waning Crescent

1%

28 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:26 11:13 15:59
Venus 05:27 10:09 14:51
Moon 06:25 11:00 15:37
Mars 05:55 10:36 15:18
Jupiter 10:14 17:04 23:54
Saturn 07:54 13:20 18:46
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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Simulated image courtesy of Tom Ruen.

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