On Saturday … Closest new moon in 1,337 years.
The new moon of January 2023 coincides with the point in the moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth.
It is the closest new moon in 1,337 years.
Image via Timeanddate.com.
Graham Jones of Timeanddate.com originally published this article on January 17, 2023.
Reprinted with permission.
Edits by EarthSky.
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According to our calculations, on January 21, 2023, the new moon will be at its closest distance to Earth for the last 992 years.
The next time the new moon is this close to Earth will be 345 years from now, making this the closest new moon in 1,337 years.
The moon’s orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle.
Instead, it has an elliptical shape, like a slightly stretched circle.
This means the distance between the moon and Earth changes over the course of a month.
The point on the moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth is perigee ; the farthest point is apogee.
Foreign [Music] On Saturday closest new moon in 1337 years the new moon of January 2023 Coincides with the point and the moon's Orbit where it is closest to Earth it is The closest new moon in 1337 years image via thailand8.com Graham Jones of timeandate.com Originally published this article on January 17 2023 reprinted with Permission edits by EarthSky to stay up To date with latest top stories make Sure to subscribe to this YouTube Channel by clicking the button above This video according to our calculations On January 21 2023 the new moon will be At its closest distance to Earth for the Last 992 years the next time the new Moon is this close to Earth will be 345 Years from now making this the closest New moon in 1337 years the moons orbit around Earth Is not a perfect circle instead it has An elliptical shape like a slightly Stretched Circle this means the distance Between the Moon and Earth changes over The course of a month the point on the Moon's orbit that is closest to Earth is Perigee the farthest point is apogee if Perigee or apogee coincides with a new Moon or full moon when the Earth Moon And Sun are in alignment the moon's Closest and farthest distances become
More extreme this leads to the phenomena Of super moons and micromoons where the Moon is particularly near or far away The most extreme Earth Moon distances of All occur when Earth is near its closest Point to the Sun or perihelion currently Perihelion Falls around the beginning of January available now 2023 EarthSky Lunar calendar a unique and beautiful Poster-sized calendar showing phases of The moon every night of the year makes a Great gift closest new moons of the Current ERA we looked into the closest Earth Moon distances at New Moon over a 2000 year period and found three new Moons where the distance was less than 356 570 kilometers 221 562 miles are calculations use the best Available figures for the moon's Position over long periods of time this Is a set of data called de431 produced By the jet propulsion laboratory at the California Institute of Technology Please note that according to this data There are only a few kilometers Difference between these distances you Can also see that the three dates fall Close to perihelion around December and January as a comparison the farthest Earth Moon distance is typically around 405 000 kilometers 252 000 miles this Table lists the three closest new moons And the period between 1000 C and 3000 C
Saturday January 21 2023 is one of the Closest new moons in this time frame Image via thymand8.com can we see the Closest New Moon so this will be the Closest New Moon and also therefore the Largest since the 11th century in Practical terms we won't be able to see Anything because the new moon is known As the invisible phase it's where the Moon disappears from view for a few days Super moons and and micro moons do have A small effect on tides and of course Anything to do with the moon has the Potential to fill us with wonder and Curiosity a weekend of astronomical Close Encounters in fact this will be a Weekend of astronomical Close Encounters On Sunday January 22nd Venus will appear To pass within 0.34 degrees of Saturn This is less than the width of a pinky Held at arm's length read more about This conjunction and on Friday Jupiter Is closest to the Sun bottom line this Saturday's new moon will be the closest New Moon to Earth in a period of 1337 years Foreign [Music]