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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 1.0004 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 0.9981 AU from the Sun, and the Moon will lie at a distance of 1.0004 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 Moon 14h24m20s 16°36'S Libra 29'52"
Sun (centre) 00h28m 3°01'N Pisces 32'02"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 27 Mar 2024

The sky on 27 March 2024
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:19 13:54 20:30
Venus 06:00 11:48 17:37
Moon 20:35 02:16 07:49
Mars 05:16 10:49 16:22
Jupiter 08:35 15:20 22:05
Saturn 05:43 11:25 17:06
All times shown in PDT.


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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