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February 3: The Moon at Perigee – Closest point to Earth. (Astrology, Cosmos, Stars, Astros, Tarot, Horoscopes, Mysteries, Influences, Curiosities… Connect your mind with the Universe, Learn today with Dorian.)

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February 3: The Moon at Perigee

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Today, February 3, 2021, the phenomenon of the Moon will be occurring in Perigee, which is the moment when the Moon will be at its closest point to Earth.

This phenomenon will occur at 18:48 UTC and will have a distance of 370,116 kilometers, with an angular size of 32.3 ’.

Moon:

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. With an equatorial diameter of 3476 km, it is the fifth largest satellite in the solar system, while in terms of proportional size with respect to its planet it is the largest satellite: a quarter of the diameter of the Earth and 1/81 of its mass. After Io, it is also the second densest satellite. It is in synchronous relationship with the Earth, always showing the same face towards the planet. The visible hemisphere is marked with dark lunar seas of volcanic origin between the bright ancient mountains and the prominent astroblems.

Despite apparently being the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, its surface is actually very dark, with a reflection similar to that of coal. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have made the Moon an object with an important cultural influence since ancient times in language, calendar, art or mythology. The gravitational influence of the Moon produces the tides and increases the length of the day. The orbital distance of the Moon, about thirty times the diameter of the Earth, makes it appear in the sky the same size as the Sun and allows the Moon to exactly cover the Sun in total solar eclipses.

The Moon is the only celestial body in which the human being has made a manned descent. Although the Soviet Union’s Moon program was the first to reach the Moon with an unmanned spacecraft, the United States’ Apollo program conducted the only manned missions to the Earth satellite to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbit by Apollo. 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972, the first being Apollo 11 in 1969, and the last being Apollo 17. These missions returned with more than 380 kg of lunar rock, which have allowed a detailed geological understanding of the origins of the Moon (it is believed that it formed 4.5 billion years ago after a great impact), the formation of its internal structure and its subsequent history.

In 1970, the Soviet Union put the first robotic vehicle controlled from the ground on the surface: Lunojod 1. The rover was sending photographs and videos of the surface that it traveled (10 km) for almost a year.

Since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, it has been visited only by unmanned space probes, in particular by the Soviet spacecraft Lunojod 2. Since 2004, Japan, China, India, the United States, and the European Space Agency have sent orbiters. These spacecraft have confirmed the discovery of icy water attached to the lunar regolith in craters that are in the permanent shadow zone and are located at the poles. Future manned missions to the Moon have been planned but have not yet been launched.

The Moon remains, under the Treaty on Outer Space, free for any nation to explore for peaceful purposes.

Perigee:

Perigee (from the Greek adjective περίγειος) is called the point of the elliptical orbit that a natural or artificial body travels around the Earth, in which said body is closer to its center. At perigee the orbital speed is the maximum of the entire orbit.

The opposite point, the farthest from the center of the Earth, is called the apogee.

In the case of a planet orbiting the sun, the analogous terms aphelion and perihelion are used.

How does the Moon in Perigee influence the life of the Zodiacal Signs?

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February 3: The Moon at Perigee – Closest point to Earth. (Astrology, Cosmos, Stars, Astros, Tarot, Horoscopes, Mysteries, Influences, Curiosities… Connect your mind with the Universe, Learn today with Dorian.)


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