earth: New Moon will be the closest to Earth ‘Tonight’; Heavenly miracle to happen after 993 years

The New Moon will be in the closest proximity to Earth on January 21, 2023, since the Middle Ages. Reportedly, this astronomical event is occurring for the first time in 993 years and is most likely to reoccur after another 345 years.

Due to its closeness to the Earth, the New Moon will be in its biggest appearance in the sky since December 3, 1030, CE. ‘Timeanddate.com’ has revealed the information after a review from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. Today, the moon will be 356,568 kilometres or 221,561 miles from Earth. Those who will miss the incident today will have to wait till January 20, 2368, to experience it.

The Moon’s orbit across the Earth is far from the shape of a perfect circle. In reality, it is elliptical in shape and represents a barely stretched circle. Because of its shape, the distance between the Moon and Earth keeps changing over a month. The point of the Moon’s orbit closest to Earth is called ‘perigee,’ while the point farthest from the planet is known as ‘apogee.’ The longest Earth-to-Moon distance is witnessed when the Earth is in the closest proximity to the Sun. This happened on January 4. Nearly 2000 years ago, three New Moons occurred at distances lower than 356,570 KM.

Venus and Saturn will be aligned on the day following the New Moon. The New Moon today holds great importance as it signifies the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the ‘Spring Competition.’ According to the Chinese calendar, this year is called the ‘Year of the Rabbit.’ The Chinese calendar integrates the lunar and photovoltaic methodologies to ascertain dates. The total distance between the Moon and Earth through such incidents is crucial. On April 20, the world will witness a complete photo voltaic eclipse in Australia, Timor Leste, and West Papua. Also, in October, an annular photovoltaic eclipse will be seen in the US, Mexico, and South America.

FAQ

Q1. What is the distance between Earth and Sun?
Ans. The total distance between Earth and Sun is 147.21M km.

Q2. Which is the green planet?
Ans. Uranus is known as the green planet.

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