How far away is the Sun from the moon?

14 March 2010

Question

How far away is the Sun from the moon?

Answer

Chris - The Moon is pretty close. It's about a quarter of a million miles to the moon and it's about 100 million miles to the Sun, give or take.

But, it's important to remember that the Moon orbits the Earth, taking about a month to complete each lap. That means that the lunar-solar (Moon-Sun) distance varies according to the Moon's orbital position.

So, when the Moon is on one side of the Earth, closest to the Sun, it's about 99 and 3 quarter million miles between the Moon and the Sun.

When the Moon's around the other side, so the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, then it's about one hundred million plus about a quarter of a million miles, so a hundred and a quarter million miles between the Sun and the Moon!

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