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USPS Star Calendar for 7 to 13 March 28 February 2010

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7 Mar
Last-quarter moon
at 1543 UT, 1043 EST. Antares is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s right.

9 Mar
Using binoculars, look 1 finger-width below the moon to see magnitude 2.1 Nunki in the constellation Sagittarius.

12 Mar
The moon is at apogee, 63.66 earth-radii away.

USPS Star Calendar for 28 February to 6 March 21 February 2010

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28 Feb
Full moon
at 1637 UT, 1137 EST

1 Mar
Saturn
is 3 or 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left this evening. Spica is nearly 2 fist-widths to its lower left, and Arcturus is nearly 4 fist-widths far to the left or lower left.

2 Mar
Tonight Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left.

3 Mar
Low in the southwest before dawn, you’ll find magnitude 1.2 Spica 2 finger-widths above the moon and Saturn 2 fist-widths to the moon’s right.

4 Mar
Before dawn, the moon is between Spica 1 fist-width to the right and Scorpius nearly 3 fist-widths to the left.

6 Mar
The waning gibbous moon is in the head of the Scorpion this morning.

USPS Star Calendar for 21 to 27 February 14 February 2010

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21 Feb
High in the southwest this evening, the Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, and Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to its left. Orion, the mighty hunter, lies beyond Aldebaran. The Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northern sky.

22 Feb
First-quarter moon
at 0042 UT, 1942 EST (yesterday); Capella is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

23 Feb
Look for Orion just below the moon high in the south 2 hours after sunset. From Orion’s belt, go 2 fist-widths to the lower left to magnitude -1.59 Sirius, the Dog Star.

24 Feb
The moon approaches Mars and the Gemini Twins, and the bright star 2 fist-widths below it is magnitude 0.34 Procyon.

25 Feb
About 4 hours after sunset, look south to see Mars only 2 finger-widths above the moon, the Gemini Twins 1 fist-width to its upper right, Procyon 1½ fist-widths to its lower right, and Orion far to the lower right. From the stars in Orion’s belt, a line extended 2 fist-widths to the lower left will take you to magnitude -1.6 Sirius, the Dog Star.

26 Feb
Tonight, magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left and Mars is nearly 2 fist-widths to its upper right.

27 Feb
Tonight Regulus is 3 finger-widths to the upper left of the nearly full moon, which is midway between Mars 3 fist-widths to the upper right and Saturn 3 fist-widths to the lower left. The moon is at perigee, 56.10 earth-radii away. With perigee occurring only 19 hours before the full moon, we should expect high tides.

USPS Star Calendar for 14 to 20 February 7 February 2010

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14 Feb
New moon
at 0252 UT, 2152 EST (yesterday)

16 Feb
Today marks Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Pancakes anybody?

17 Feb
Ash Wednesday

20 Feb
The moon is high in the south for the next few evenings. Tonight it’s 4 finger-widths below the Pleiades, with Aldebaran to its upper left and Orion beyond.