Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of February, 2012:
February 2 — Candlemas, the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
February 7 — Full Moon, 4:55 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.
February 11 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 2:00 p.m.
February 14— Last Quarter Moon, 12:05 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
February 21— New Moon, 5:36 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
February 27 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth), 9 a.m.
February 29— First Quarter Moon, 8:22 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.