March Moon at 2nd Perigee

   Our Moon reaches perigee, (closest to Earth), for the second time this orbit, on Tuesday March 30th. For this perigee the 18-day outdated waning gibbous Moon shall be at a distance of 28.24 Earth diameters, 223,880 miles (360,300 km) from the Earth.

   On the date of the perigee Moon the 18-day outdated waning gibbous Moon will round 10 pm native time. The Moon is throughout the boundaries of Libra the Scales and on both aspect of the Moon are two with fascinating sounding names. They’re the celebrities Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi. Regardless of these two stars belonging to the constellation Libra the Scales the interpretation of the star names imply “Northern Claw” (Zubeneschamali), and “Southern Claw” (Zubenelgenubi) of Scorpius the Scorpion.

   Does our Moon truly go across the Earth as this graphic reveals? From our perspective on the Earth the Moon seems to circle across the Earth. Nevertheless, in actuality, the Moon orbits the along with the Earth*
   *Click on here to learn my Scope on the Sky column “The Actual Form of the Moon’s Orbit”. (PDF)


Click on here to go to the Qué tal within the Present Skies website online for month-to-month observing data, or right here to go to bobs-spaces.

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