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Astro Quiz 44: Apogee?

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


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

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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