Sun, Moon & Stars
Movement of the heavenly bodies: February, 2000

Celestial links
·  Blue Moon Myths
·  Visibility of the Planets
·  Sunrise/Sunset times
·  Moonrise/Moonset times
·  Equinoxes and Solstices
·  Eclipses in 2000
·  Astronomical terms
·  Calendar 2000

Although the full moon occurring this Saturday, February 19th, will look like an ordinary full moon, it will actually be a bit extraordinary—because it is a Blue Moon.


February Calendar

Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 4 minutes north of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.00007 pm
(Jan 31st)
1The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.01008 pm
(Jan 31st)
2Venus is 1 degree 4 minutes south of the Moon.150010 am
5NEW Moon Partial eclipse of the Sun. The eclipse will be visible in Antarctica and the central southern Indian Ocean.13008 am
6Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Uranus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.07002 am
6Mercury is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon.19002 pm
8Mars is 4 degrees north of the Moon.170012 pm
10Ceres, the largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.150010 am
11Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon.02009 pm
(Feb. 10)
12Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon.00007 pm
(Feb. 11)
12FIRST QUARTER23006 pm
14Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, is 1 degree 2 minutes south of the Moon. The star is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.030010 pm
(Feb. 13)
15Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 18 degrees east of the Sun.01008 pm
(Feb. 14)
17The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.030010 pm
(Feb.16)
19FULL Moon160011 am
20Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.22005 pm
22Venus is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of Neptune.06001 am
26Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.09004 am
27LAST QUARTER040011 pm
(Feb. 26)
28The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.21004 pm