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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2013

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2013

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of February, 2013:

February 2 — Candlemas, the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

February 3— Last Quarter Moon, 8:56 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

February 7 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 2:00 p.m.

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February 10— New Moon, 2:20 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

February 17— First Quarter Moon, 3:31 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

February 19 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth), 9 a.m.

February 25 — Full Moon, 3:26 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.

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1 Jaime McLeod { 02.21.13 at 8:44 am }

Stephan – The PANSTARRS comet will be visible in March – we will have a story about it soon. And then comet ISON, which may be the brightest comet ever seen will be visible in November.

2 Stephan Darrow { 02.21.13 at 4:08 am }

When will the comets be visible this year?

3 Jaime McLeod { 01.30.13 at 1:35 pm }

Dan – most months we list meteor showers and other events. February is a slow month.

4 dan { 01.30.13 at 10:01 am }

“stargazers guide” and all you can come up with are the phases of the moon?i can get that out of my morning paper

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