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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Full Moon Perigee

The orange tinted rising moon silhouettes a jet on final approach to LAX. It's the largest full moon of the year and is called perigee, which means that the moon is at it's closest point to the Earth. The orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle and at this perigee, it's only 221,560 miles away. The furthest distance is 238,855 miles. and is called apogee at that point. Due to the fluctuating orbit,this is the closest the moon has been in 15 years.

1 comment:

-K- said...

Wow - that's really extraordinary.