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Astro Quiz 44: Apogee?

Question #44 – The Moon will be at apogee on September 13th. What does that mean?

Answer:

Apogee is the point in the orbit of the Moon at which it is furthest from the Earth. The Moon does not travel in a perfect circle around the Earth. This month, apogee is 252,512 miles from the Earth.

Learn more about the Moon's apogee and perigee (the closest-to-Earth position) at TimeandDate.com.


Photos showing the difference in apparent size when the Moon is at apogee and perigee
Photo credit: Anthony Ayiomamitis, Astronomy Picture of the Day, 25 October, 2007

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