How Close Does the Moon Get to the Earth?


Quick Answer

The moon travels in an elliptical orbit, and at perigee, the closest it gets to Earth, it stands about 225,623 miles, or 363,104 kilometers away.

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How Close Does the Moon Get to the Earth?
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At apogee, the farthest the moon gets from Earth, it stands about 252,088 miles, or 405,696 kilometers, away. The supermoon is a coincidence that occurs approximately every 14th full moon, when the full moon occurs at the same time as the moon reaches the perigee. This results in the moon looking larger than usual. Although no evidence has been found to support their claims, some people believe that natural disasters may be linked to the occurrences of the supermoon.

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