January 2000
Peterson Field Guide to Stars & Planets;2000, p348
The article presents information on the moon. The moon is often the most prominent object in the nighttime sky. The moon is somewhat more than one-quarter the diameter of the earth. This makes it the largest substantial satellite in the solar system in comparison to its parent planet. The moon orbits the earth every 27¼ days with respect to the stars. The moon must orbit the earth a bit farther to get back to the same place with respect to the line between the earth and the sun. The moon reaches this point in a couple of days, making the synodic period of the moon equal to 29½ days. The synodic period is the interval between two successive conjunctions of two celestial bodies, in this case conjunctions of the moon and sun as observed from the earth.


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