Lunar Phases and Distances, August to December 2017

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Christopher K.
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Lunar Phases and Distances, August to December 2017

Post by Christopher K. » August 2nd, 2017, 8:17 pm

The Moon reaches apogee at ~12:55pm CDT today; it's a little over 400,000 kilometers from us right now. It reaching perigee on the eighteenth is mainly what helps assure the eclipse on 21 August has a totality track across Earth (in other words, the eclipse won't be just an annular).

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Re: Lunar Phases and Distances, August to December 2017

Post by Christopher K. » September 3rd, 2017, 8:39 pm

Full Moon is exactly at 2:03am CDT Wednesday morning. This is the first Full Moon we'll see since the Great American Eclipse. This is the same Moon that brought us that wonderful event. Now, it puts itself on display for any who'd like to grab a binocular and hunt some lunar rays.

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Re: Lunar Phases and Distances, August to December 2017

Post by Christopher K. » October 19th, 2017, 1:43 pm

New Moon is at 2:12pm CDT. This is nice for the Class I (major) Orionid meteor shower which is headed toward its peak on the morning of the 22nd.

This is the last night this year with a good forecast to gather data on Cygnus for the ongoing GLOBE at Night citizen science exercise.

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Re: Lunar Phases and Distances, August to December 2017

Post by Christopher K. » November 17th, 2017, 3:12 pm

Judah S. just sent to HRPO yet another great astrophotography shot--the Moon on 16 November (remember, not too long before New Moon). It looks wonderful on the 36-Day Display. Thanks, Judah.

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