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USPS Star Calendar for 20 to 26 February 13 February 2011

Posted by amedalen in February 2011.
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20 Feb    Saturn and the moon rise side by side 3½ hours after sunset. Low in the southwest at dawn tomorrow, Saturn is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right and Spica is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left.

21 Feb    Saturn, Spica and the waning gibbous moon rise one after the other in a straight line late this evening. Arcturus, the brightest star of Boötes, the Herdsman, is 3 fist-widths to the left of Saturn.

22 Feb    Saturn, Spica and the moon are lined up low in the southwest before dawn. Scorpius is far to the lower left. The Big Dipper is to the right with its handle pointing up. Follow the arc of the dipper’s handle to Arcturus and then to Spica. “Arc to Arcturus; speed on to Spica.”

23 Feb    Jupiter and Saturn are in heliocentric opposition, on opposite sides of the sun.

24 Feb    Low in the south at first light, the moon is in the head of the Scorpion, Scorpius. Last-quarter moon at 2326 UT

25 Feb    The red star Antares is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s right this morning.

26 Feb    Sagittarius, the Teapot constellation, is to the lower left of the moon this morning. About one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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