May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Outside magazine, July 1996

By David N.Schramm

On the fifth, Earth will be at aphelion, the point in its orbit that is farthest from the Sun, 94.4 million miles away. There will be an occultation of Venus by the Moon just before dawn on the 12th, and two days later Venus will attain its greatest brilliance. The new Moon will occur on the 15th. On the morning of the 23d, just before dawn, watch for the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. This shower, which occurs when Earth's orbit crosses the orbit of an old comet, will be visible until the 28th, with the best viewing after the Moon sets. The Moon will be full on the 30th, when it is also at its closest approach to Earth, 221,797 miles away.

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