Details of the moon’s approach to Earth at a distance that has not occurred in 993 years

The moon approached Earth last night greatly, for the first time in 993 years, in a heavenly miracle that is likely to be repeated after 345 years, and due to its proximity to Earth, this is the largest appearance of the moon in the sky since December 3, 1030, when it was 356,568 kilometers away , or 221,561 miles from Earth, and according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory information, the next largest moon will be on January 20, 2368.

According to the “RT” website, the moon’s orbit through the Earth is far from a full circle. In fact, it is elliptical and represents a barely extended circle. Because of its shape, the distance between the Moon and the Earth is constantly changing over the course of a month.

The point of the moon’s orbit closest to Earth is called the “perihelion”, while the point farthest from the planet is known as “apogee”. The longest distance from Earth to the Moon is seen when the Earth is closest to the sun.

Also, approximately 2,000 years ago, 3 new moons occurred at distances of less than 356,570 km.

Venus and Saturn will align on the day following the new moon. Today’s moon holds great importance as it marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.

According to the Chinese calendar, this year is called the “Year of the Rabbit”. The Chinese calendar incorporates lunar methodologies to ensure lunar phases, and the total distance between the Moon and the Earth by such occurrences is critical.

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