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December 28, 2006|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

How about last night's moon, stargazers? Just past its first-quarter phase, it stood at "perigee" just before 2 a.m. - its closest approach to the Earth this month, "only" 230,106 miles out. During 2007, the moon's lopsided orbit will carry it as near as 221,676 miles on Oct. 26, and as far as 252,693 miles on Nov. 9. Astronomers are still bouncing laser beams off three reflectors left on the moon by Apollo astronauts. They can measure the distances to within a few hundredths of an inch.

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