Lunar apogee 2024: All you need to know

Here you will get all the moon apogee dates in 2024:

The moon at apogee

The moon at apogee
The moon at apogee, the farthest point from the earth in its elliptical orbit. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The orbit of the moon around the earth is elliptical. As a result, the distance of the moon from the earth always changes. If it was perfectly circular then it would not have changed.

The moon reaches apogee, meaning it reaches the farthest point from the earth in its elliptical orbit. Here, apogee comes from two words: apo, meaning far away, and geo, meaning earth.

The moon appears slightly smaller than usual when it reaches apogee.

Now, these farthest distances vary every time the moon reaches apogee. This is because the orbit of the moon wobbles due to the gravitational perturbations of the sun.

The full moon at apogee

If a full moon occurs near apogee then it’s called a micromoon. A micromoon is about 7% smaller than a regular full moon and about 14% smaller than a supermoon.

How often is the moon at apogee?

The moon reaches apogee once every anomalistic month or 27.555 days. The moon takes 27.555 days to complete one orbit around the Earth with respect to the perigee, the nearest point from the earth in its orbit. This is called an anomalistic month

Now, the moon takes 27.322 days to complete one orbit around the Earth with respect to the background stars. This is called a sidereal month. So an anomalistic month is slightly longer than a sidereal month.

When is the moon farthest from the earth in 2024?

The moon will be farthest from the earth in 2024, on Wednesday, October 2, at 19:40 UTC (or 3:40 p.m. EDT).

Distance of the moon: During the apogee, the distance of the moon from the earth will be 406,517 kilometers. The average distance of the moon from the earth is 384,400 kilometers.

Angular diameter: During the apogee, the angular diameter (disk size) of the moon will be 29.40 arcminutes. The average angular diameter of the moon is 31 arcminutes.

Moon phase: During the apogee, the moon will be in the new moon phase and 0% illuminated.

Lunar apogee dates in 2024 with distance

Here are all the dates of the lunar apogee in 2024, along with their distance according to NASA:

DateTime (UTC)Distance (km)Angular diameter (arcmin)
January 0115:2840491129.51
January 2908:1440578129.45
February 2515:0040631629.41
March 2315:4440629229.41
April 2002:0940562529.46
May 1719:0040464129.53
June 1413:3640407829.57
July 1208:1240436329.55
August 0901:3240529829.48
September 0514:5540621529.42
October 0219:4040651729.40
October 2922:5040616429.42
November 2611:5640531529.48
December 2407:2540448629.54
Related article: All you need to know about Lunar perigee 2024 

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