Perigee

noun

Definition

the point in its orbit when a planet or a satellite (usually the moon) is nearest the earth

Synonym

rotation

path

periapsis

Antonym

apogee
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At it's perigee, the moon appears larger than at any other point in it's orbit.
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While a perigee is when a satellite is closest to earth, an apogee is when it is farthest away.
Full Moon on perigee phase June 2013 (supermoon)