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Is moon closer to earth during new moon?

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A supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye. The last supermoon (the only one of 2017) happened on Dec. 3. read more

The moon's closest approach to earth (called perigee) is not the same as new moon. New Moon occurs when the Moon is between Earth and the sun, but not necessarily in the plane of earth's orbit. For New Moon to be the same as perigee, the Moon's orbit will have to stay fixed with respect to the Sun with perigee always pointing Sunwards. read more

A Supermoon looks bigger than an average Full Moon, and happens when a Full or New Moon is near the Moon's closest approach to Earth, its perigee. read more

The Moon Distance Calculator shows approximate times for when the Moon is closest to the Earth (perigee) and furthest from the Earth (apogee). read more

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