Lunar Perigee & Apogee

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

The Lunar Perigee is when the Moon is closest to the Earth during its monthly orbit. The Lunar Apogee is when the Moon is furthest from Earth. Generally, the Moon looks about 14% larger and 30% brighter at its perigee compared to its apogee. The Moon looks additionally larger when it is on the horizon due to atmospheric distortion. Thus when a Full Moon occurs during a Lunar Perigee, the Full Moon will look spectacular when it rises on the eastern horizon at sunset, especially with the right atmospheric conditions.

Both New Moons and Full Moons that occur near Lunar Perigees produce an increase in the potential for seismic activity, and even more so when there is an eclipse, due to the direct alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon.

2016

The New Moons occurring in April and May 2016 synchronize with the Lunar Perigees. The Full Moons in October and November 2016 synchronize with the Lunar Perigees. Full Moons will look extra large and will produce an increase in gravitational and tidal forces.

Additional planetary geometric configurations occurring in 2016 will cause exceptionally strong geophysical resonances, especially in mid-Feb through March, and in mid-May through June.

2016 Lunar Perigee Chart

2016 Lunar Perigee

Jan 15 2:11 369618 km N+5d 0h
Feb 11 2:43 364357 km N+2d12h
Mar 10 7:03 359508 km N+1d 5h
Apr 7 17:37 357163 km N+ 6h
May 6 4:15 357827 km N- 15h

Jun 3 10:56 361141 km N-1d16h
Jul 1 6:46 365982 km N-3d 4h
Jul 27 11:26 369658 km N-6d 9h
Aug 22 1:22 367046 km F+3d15h
Sep 18 17:01 361893 km F+1d21h
Oct 16 23:37 357859 km F+ 19h
Nov 14 11:24 356511 km F- 2h

Dec 12 23:28 358462 km F-1d 0h

New Moons

2016 Jan 10 1:31
2016 Feb 8 14:40
2016 Mar 9 1:56 (Eclipse)
2016 Apr 7 11:25
2016 May 6 19:31

2016 Jun 5 3:02
2016 Jul 4 11:03
2016 Aug 2 20:47
2016 Sep 1 9:05 (Eclipse)
2016 Oct 1 0:13
2016 Oct 30 17:40
2016 Nov 29 12:20
2016 Dec 29 6:54

Full Moons

2016 Jan 24 1:46
2016 Feb 22 18:21
2016 Mar 23 12:02 (Eclipse)
2016 Apr 22 5:25
2016 May 21 21:17
2016 Jun 20 11:05
2016 Jul 19 23:00
2016 Aug 18 9:30
2016 Sep 16 19:08 (Eclipse)
2016 Oct 16 4:25
2016 Nov 14 13:54

2016 Dec 14 0:07
2017 Jan 12 11:35

2015

The New Moons occurring in February and March 2015 synchronize with the Lunar Perigees. The Full Moons in August, September and October 2015 synchronize with the Lunar Perigees. Thus they will look extra large and will produce an increase in gravitational and tidal forces.

2015 Lunar Perigee Chart

2015 Lunar Perigee

Jan 21 20:07 359642 km N+1d 6h
Feb 19 7:31 356991 km N+7h
Mar 19 19:39 357583 km N-13h

Apr 17 3:54 361025 km N-11 5h
May 15 0:24 366023 km N-3d 3h
Jun 10 4:40 369712 km N-6d 9h
Jul 5 18:55 367094 km F+3d 16h
Aug 2 10:12 362134 km F+1d 23h
Aug 30 15:25 358288 km F+20h
Sep 28 1:47 356876 km F-1h
Oct 26 13:00 358463 km F-23h

Nov 23 20:07 362816 km F-2d 2h
Dec 21 8:54 368417 km F-4d 2h

New Moons

2014 Dec 22 1:36
2015 Jan 20 13:15
2015 Feb 18 23:49
2015 Mar 20 9:39 (Total)
2015 Apr 18 18:59
2015 May 18 4:16
2015 Jun 16 14:08
2015 Jul 16 1:260
2015 Aug 14 14:55
2015 Sep 13 6:43 (Partial)
2015 Oct 13 0:07
2015 Nov 11 17:48
2015 Dec 11 10:30
2016 Jan 10 1:31

Full Moons

2015 Jan 5 4:54
2015 Feb 3 23:10
2015 Mar 5 18:07
2015 Apr 4 12:07 (Total)
2015 May 4 3:45
2015 Jun 2 16:22
2015 Jul 2 2:22
2015 Jul 31 10:46
2015 Aug 29 18:38
2015 Sep 28 2:52 (Total)
2015 Oct 27 12:06

2015 Nov 25 22:45
2015 Dec 25 11:12

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