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USPS Star Calendar for 27 January-2 February 20 January 2013

Posted by amedalen in February 2013, January 2013.
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28 Jan    Rising about 2 hours after sunset, Regulus is to the moon’s upper left this evening.

29 Jan    The waning gibbous moon rises 3 hours after sunset. About 95 percent illuminated, it appears to be nearly full with only a slight flat spot on the upper right.

1 Feb    Saturn and Spica line up with the waning gibbous moon in the south before dawn. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 3 or 4 finger-widths to the moon’s left or upper left, and magnitude 0.5 Saturn lies nearly 2 fist-widths beyond Spica. About 75 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

2 Feb    The moon is now 3 finger-widths to the left of Spica, and Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left. About two-thirds of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Today marks Candlemas or Groundhog Day, one of the cross-quarter days, halfway between solstices and equinoxes.

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