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Sun, Moon, and Stars: February 2001

Movement of the heavenly bodies: February 2001

 

February Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 FIRST QUARTER 1400 9 am
2 Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 1000 5 am
2 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 2200 5 pm
3 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 1200 7 am
7 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 2200 5 pm
8 FULL MOON 0700 2 am
9 Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Uranus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 1200 7 am
13 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury 0000 7 pm
(Feb. 12)
15 LAST QUARTER 0300 10 pm
(Feb. 14)
15 Mars is 3 degrees south of the Moon. 1000 5 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. 0700 2 am
20 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 2200 5 pm
20 Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 2300 6 pm
21 Mercury is 6 degrees north of the Moon. 1600 11 am
22 Venus is at its greatest brilliancy. 0100 8 pm
(Feb. 21)
23 NEW MOON 0800 3 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. 1900 2 pm
25 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 0200 9 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. 1700 12 noon
26 Venus is 11 degrees north of the Moon. 0800 3 am
 

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