Apogee and Perigee

Like the Moon’s oblong circling of us,

we move in our eccentric crisscrossing orbits

around each other and some unseen centerpoint.

Tonight at apogee, distant in cold space.

If there’s a future, there’s also perigee.

 

moon and woman


Perigee is when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, while apogee is when it is at its most distant. Like everything else in nature, the Moon’s orbit is always in flux and its shape and its orientation relative to the Earth and the Sun change all the time.