02/06/2017 – Ephemeris – The Moon is at perigee today
Ephemeris for Monday, February 6th. The Sun will rise at 7:54. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 4 minutes, setting at 5:58. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 4:56 tomorrow morning.
At 9 this morning the Moon will be at perigee, the closest it gets to the Earth in its current orbit of the Earth. Had the Moon been full it would be called a super-moon. The Moon isn’t just orbiting the Earth, but it is also pushed around by the Sun, which has a greater hold on he Moon than the Earth, but also by Jupiter and Venus, plus all the other objects in the solar system to a far lesser degree. You are not going to see it rise this afternoon at 1:48, so the big Moon on the horizon optical illusion doesn’t come into play. It will appear its highest at 9:21 this evening, some 63 degrees above the horizon. By then it will be some 3500 miles or so closer than when it’s on the horizon, because we’re on the Moon facing side of the Earth. Look up, there the Moon doesn’t really look very big at all, does it?
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.