The Moon moves in a counterclockwise direction with an average orbital speed of about 0.6 miles/sec or 2,160 m.p.h. Because the lunar orbit is elliptical, the distance between the Earth and the Moon varies between about 227,000 miles (365,000 km) at perigee, and about 254,000 miles (409,000 km) at apogee, when the Moon is farthest from the Earth. The average distance is about 240,000 miles (385,000 km), or about 60 times the radius of the Earth itself

Image credit: Earthmoon. NASA

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