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USPS Star Calendar for 7 to 13 February 31 January 2010

Posted by amedalen in February 2010.
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7 Feb
Get out your binoculars to spot Antares, the heart of the scorpion, Scorpius, 1 finger-width to the lower left of the waxing crescent moon low in the east before dawn.

8 Feb
The moon is midway between Scorpius to the upper right and Sagittarius to the lower left.

11 Feb
With binoculars, look for Mercury, which rises a half-hour after the thin crescent moon and is followed an hour later by the sun. The equation of time is at minimum for the year, -14.26 minutes.

12 Feb
You’ll need binoculars to spot Mercury, which rises within 5 minutes of the moon.

13 Feb
The moon is at apogee. At 63.74 earth-radii away, it’s the farthest apogee of the year.

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USPS Star Calendar for 31 January to 6 February 24 January 2010

Posted by amedalen in February 2010, January 2010.
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1 Feb
A half-hour after moonrise late this evening, look for magnitude 0.7 Saturn 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left.

2 Feb
Around midnight, look low in the east for Saturn 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left and Spica the same distance to its lower left.
Today is Groundhog Day and Candlemas, one of four cross-quarter days halfway between the solstices and equinoxes.

3 Feb
Look low in the southwest before dawn to see Saturn a little more than a fist-width to the moon’s upper right and magnitude 1.2 Spica 1 fist-width to its upper left. Magnitude 0.2 Arcturus is high above the moon.

5 Feb
Last-quarter moon
at 2350 UT, 1850 EST

6 Feb
Low in the south before dawn, you’ll find Scorpius to the moon’s left.

USPS Star Calendar for 24 to 30 January 17 January 2010

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24 Jan
High in the south this evening, get out your binoculars to look for the Pleiades Cluster 2 finger-widths left of the moon. Magnitude 1.0 Aldebaran is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left, and Orion is another 1½ fist-widths beyond Aldebaran.

25 Jan
Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths below the moon tonight, and the Pleiades Cluster is the same distance to the moon’s right.

28 Jan
You’ll find the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, less than a fist-width to the moon’s upper left and magnitude 0.5 Procyon 1½ fist-widths to its lower right. Magnitude -1.3 Mars is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 2 fist-widths below Mars. Far to the moon’s lower left, the Big Dipper stands on its handle just above the horizon.

29 Jan
This evening, look for Mars 3 finger-widths from the nearly full moon’s upper left.

30 Jan
Regulus is 2 finger-widths to the full moon’s lower left tonight. The moon is at perigee, the closest of the year. Perigee occurs only two hours after the full moon, so we can expect tidal extremes.

USPS Star Calendar for 15 to 23 January 13 January 2010

Posted by amedalen in January 2010.
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15 Jan
New moon at 712 UT, 212 EST

17 Jan
Look low in the west about an hour after sunset to see the thin waxing crescent moon 2 finger-widths to the right of magnitude -2.0 Jupiter. The moon is at apogee, 63.72 earth-radii away

18 Jan
As the sky darkens, look for Jupiter 3 finger-widths below the moon.

19 Jan
The moon is quickly pulling away from Jupiter and is now 2 fist-widths above the planet.

23 Jan
First-quarter moon at 1052 UT, 553 EST

Happy New Year and welcome to USPS Stargazer! 4 January 2010

Posted by theensign in January 2010.
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Starting in mid-January, The Ensign magazine will post the USPS Stargazer listings for the coming week. Get the listings delivered to your inbox by signing up for the RSS feed. Thank you for subscribing. Happy New Year! —The Ensign Staff