Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of February, 2014:
February 2— Candlemas, the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
February 6— First Quarter Moon, 2:22 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
February 12— Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth), 12 a.m.
February 22— Last Quarter Moon, 12:15 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
February 25 — Full Moon, 653 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 27— Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 3:00 p.m.