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USPS Star Calendar for 13 to 19 February 6 February 2011

Posted by amedalen in February 2011.
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13 Feb    The moon is surrounded by major constellations tonight. Gemini is to the left, Taurus is to the right, and Orion is below. More than two-thirds of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

14 Feb    Tonight the moon is in the middle of the constellation Gemini, the Twins. More than three-fourths of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

15 Feb    The waxing gibbous moon lies between the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, 1 fist-width to the upper left, and Procyon to the lower right. Regulus is far to the lower left, and the Big Dipper stands on its handle farther left.

16 Feb    The moon is midway between Procyon, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and Regulus to the lower left. More than 90 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

17 Feb    Regulus and the nearly full moon rise at sunset. Regulus is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left.

18 Feb    Regulus is 1½ fist-widths above the moon tonight. Rising 2 to 3 hours before midnight, Saturn is far to the moon’s lower left. Full Snow Moon at 0836 UT

19 Feb    Saturn is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left late tonight. The moon is at perigee, about 222,451 miles or 56.17 Earth-radii away.

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