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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: February 2001

February Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 FIRST QUARTER 14009 am
2 Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 10005 am
2 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 22005 pm
3 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 12007 am
7 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 22005 pm
8 FULL MOON 07002 am
9 Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Uranus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 12007 am
13 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury 00007 pm
(Feb. 12)
15 LAST QUARTER 030010 pm
(Feb. 14)
15 Mars is 3 degrees south of the Moon. 10005 am
18 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 07002 am
20 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 22005 pm
20 Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 23006 pm
21 Mercury is 6 degrees north of the Moon. 160011 am
22 Venus is at its greatest brilliancy. 01008 pm
(Feb. 21)
23 NEW MOON 08003 am
24 The asteroid Juno is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 19002 pm
25 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 02009 pm
(Feb. 24)
25 The asteroid Juno is 1 degree north of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 170012 noon
26 Venus is 11 degrees north of the Moon. 08003 am

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