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The Moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical path. This means that at times, the Moon is closer to Earth making it larger in our sky. At other times it is further away making it appear smaller. When the Moon is closest to Earth we call it perigee and when it is furthest away we call it apogee.

For 2008 the closest the moon was to Earth was June 3rd when the Moon was 357250 km from the Earth. The Moon will be the furthest from Earth on December 26 when it will be 406600 km from the Earth.

The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the earth so apporximately every 13.7 days we go fom apogee to perigee.

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