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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2014

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2014

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.

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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.

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1 Hillbilly { 02.12.14 at 7:54 am }

This is incorrect. Full moon is Feb 14th.

2 jannjones { 01.29.14 at 1:31 pm }

Yes, Peter, I remember that eclipse. I was a stewardess for Alaska Airlines (flying out of Fairbanks) and we had a special flight arranged for university professors and interested professionals to watch the eclipse from the air. I remember one professor had obviously dirty regular eyeglasses and I figured he might not get a good view with those eyeglasses under his protector glasses… He was very appreciative that I provided that helpful act for him.

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