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USPS Star Calendar for 16-22 February 9 February 2014

Posted by amedalen in February 2014.
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16 Feb    High in the southwest at midnight, Regulus is more than 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right; Spica and Mars are 3 fist-widths to the lower left just above the horizon.

18 Feb    The moon rises four hours after sunset; Spica and Mars follow a half hour later. By midnight, the trio remains low in the eastern sky.

19 Feb    The moon, Spica and Mars are low in the southwest before first light. Spica is 1 finger-width to the moon’s left, and Mars is 3 finger-widths to its upper left.

20 Feb    Three planets—Mars, Saturn and Venus—are visible in the pre-dawn sky, and the moon passes all three in the next few days. Yesterday, the moon was 3 finger-widths to Mars’ lower right. This morning, it is 4 finger-widths to Mars’ lower left. Saturn is nearly 2 fist-widths to the moon’s left. Venus is far to the left, near the eastern horizon.

21 Feb    The moon is now a little more than 2 finger-widths to Saturn’s right. Mars is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s right or upper right. Later this afternoon when they are below the horizon, the moon and Saturn will pass within 0.3 degrees.

22 Feb    The last-quarter moon passes to the left of Saturn, and the bright star 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left is magnitude 1.1 Antares.


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