Sun, Moon, and Stars: February 2001

Sun, Moon & Stars
Movement of the heavenly bodies: February 2001

 

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·  Visibility of the Planets
·  Sunrise/Sunset, Moonrise/Moonset
·  Equinoxes and Solstices
·  Eclipses in 2001
·  Astronomical terms
·  Calendar 2001
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February Calendar


 

Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1FIRST QUARTER14009 am
2Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon.10005 am
2Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon.22005 pm
3Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.12007 am
7The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.22005 pm
8FULL MOON07002 am
9Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Uranus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.12007 am
13Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury00007 pm
(Feb. 12)
15LAST QUARTER030010 pm
(Feb. 14)
15Mars is 3 degrees south of the Moon.10005 am
18Ceres, 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
20The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.22005 pm
20Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon.23006 pm
21Mercury is 6 degrees north of the Moon.160011 am
22Venus is at its greatest brilliancy.01008 pm
(Feb. 21)
23NEW MOON08003 am
24The asteroid Juno is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.19002 pm
25Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.02009 pm
(Feb. 24)
25The asteroid Juno is 1 degree north of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.170012 noon
26Venus is 11 degrees north of the Moon.08003 am