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Sun, Moon, and Stars: February 2002

Movement of the heavenly bodies: February 2002

 

February Calendar

Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
4LAST QUARTER14009 am
8Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.10005 am
8Saturn appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.10005 am
10Mercury is 5 degrees north of the Moon.050012 am
(midnight)
11The asteroid Juno is at opposition, that is, Juno and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth.01008 pm
(Feb. 10)
12NEW MOON08003 am
13Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Uranus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.170012 pm
(noon)
14The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.22005 pm
16Ceres, the largest asteroid, is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Ceres and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.13008 am
17Mars is 5 degrees north of the Moon.00007 pm
(Feb. 16)
20FIRST QUARTER12007 am
20Vesta, 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
21Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. Saturn is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.00007 pm
(Feb. 20)
21Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 27 degrees west of the Sun.160011 am
23Jupiter is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. Jupiter is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.02009 pm
(Feb. 22)
24Mercury is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of Neptune.13008 am
27FULL MOON09004 am
27The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.20003 pm
 

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