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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: February 2002

February Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
4 LAST QUARTER 14009 am
8 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 10005 am
8 Saturn appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 10005 am
10 Mercury is 5 degrees north of the Moon. 050012 am
(midnight)
11 The asteroid Juno is at opposition, that is, Juno and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 01008 pm
(Feb. 10)
12 NEW MOON 08003 am
13 Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Uranus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 170012 pm
(noon)
14 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 22005 pm
16 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Ceres and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 13008 am
17 Mars is 5 degrees north of the Moon. 00007 pm
(Feb. 16)
20 FIRST QUARTER 12007 am
20 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 6 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 13008 am
21 Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. Saturn is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 00007 pm
(Feb. 20)
21 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 27 degrees west of the Sun. 160011 am
23 Jupiter is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. Jupiter is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 02009 pm
(Feb. 22)
24 Mercury is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of Neptune. 13008 am
27 FULL MOON 09004 am
27 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 20003 pm

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