The moon is at perigee
in this photo. Due to its slightly eliptical orbit, the moon is closer to the Earth at times than others. The average distance of the moon from the Earth is approximately 240,000 miles (384401 kilometers). When it is at perigee
, or the closest, it is 221,441 miles (356375 km) away. At apogee
, the farthest in its orbit, it is 252,724 miles (406720 km).
The gray mare
(pron. mah-ray) and impact craters are easy to see. For more indepth information on this subject see:
perigee and apogee