The moon at perigee

The moon has reached perigee when it is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. That occurs at 4:53 p.m. today! Like I said this morning, that is the point at which the moon is about 225,000 miles away. Practically in our backyard, right? (ha)

That’s the distance of going all the way around the world nine times. Also, keep in mind that all of the planets would fit between us and the moon, with a little room to spare. This is why going to the moon is not an easy task. It’s a long way!

It may be hard to see the moon right now because of these clouds and the daylight, but it rose at 2:02 p.m. It’s out there, even though it may be hard to see.

So, if you notice folks acting weird or you just had a funky Monday you can just blame it on the perigee of the moon. (ha)

The opposite of perigee is apogee, when the moon is farthest away.

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