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USPS Star Calendar for 26 February-3 March 19 February 2012

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26 Feb    Jupiter is less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left tonight. Less than 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

27 Feb    Jupiter, Venus and the moon line up again tonight. The moon is on top, with Jupiter 1 fist-width below and Venus a little more than one fist-width beyond Jupiter. About 25 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated. The moon is at apogee, 63.47 Earth-radii, 405,000 kilometers, away.

28 Feb    The Pleiades Cluster is less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

29 Feb    Leap day. Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left tonight. Orion is farther left.

1 Mar    High in the west at midnight, Aldebaran is a little more than 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right with Orion to the lower left. The Gemini Twins are far to the upper left.

2 Mar    At dusk, look for Aldebaran far to the right or upper right of the moon. Orion is to the lower right and the Gemini Twins are to the left or lower left. The bright star 2½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left is magnitude 0.5 Procyon.

3 Mar    Now’s a good time to begin watching Venus and Jupiter every evening. Tonight they are less than 1 fist-width apart with Jupiter to the upper left of Venus.

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USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 February 12 February 2012

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21 Feb    Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras

22 Feb    Tonight catch a glimpse of ever-elusive Mercury, which is less than 2 weeks from its greatest elongation, 18 degrees east of the sun, on 5 March. After sunset, you have about an hour to see Mercury less than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s left.

24 Feb    Jupiter, Venus and the waxing crescent moon line up in the west this evening. The moon is closest to the horizon with magnitude -4.2 Venus 1 fist-width to the upper left and magnitude -2.2 Jupiter 1½ fist-widths beyond Venus. Only 5 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

25 Feb    Venus is 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left this evening.

USPS Star Calendar for 12-18 February 5 February 2012

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12 Feb    In the southwest before dawn, Spica is 1 finger-width above the moon, and Saturn is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left. A little more than two-thirds of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

14 Feb    The last-quarter moon rises well after midnight.

15 Feb    Low in the south before dawn, the waning crescent moon is 2 finger-widths above reddish Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, Scorpius.

16 Feb    Low in the southeast before dawn, the moon is between Antares, 1 fist-width to the right, and Sagittarius, far to the lower left. About one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

18 Feb    The distance between Venus and Jupiter has shrunk to little more than 2 fist-widths.

USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 February 29 January 2012

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5 Feb    The moon lies between the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor to the upper left and Procyon to the lower right. The bright star 2½ fist-widths beyond Procyon is magnitude -1.59 Sirius, the dog star, in the constellation Canis Major.

6 Feb    The nearly full moon rises less than an hour before sunset. Procyon is 1½ fist-widths to the upper right and the Big Dipper is far to the left.

7 Feb    The moon rises soon after sunset, followed by magnitude 1.3 Regulus to the lower left. Before midnight, they are high in the southeast with Regulus less than 4 finger-widths to the lower left and magnitude -0.7 Mars 2 fist-widths to Regulus’ lower left.

8 Feb    The moon rises a little more than an hour after sunset and is high in the southeast by midnight with Regulus 4 finger-widths above and Mars 1½ fist-widths to the lower left.

9 Feb    Mars rises less than 10 minutes before the moon tonight. Mars is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left low in the east before midnight. They travel across the sky, and are low in the west tomorrow morning before dawn, with Mars nearly 1 fist-width to the upper right.

10 Feb    Growing closer, Jupiter and Venus are only 3 fist-widths apart in the west after sunset. The waning gibbous moon rises nearly 4 hours after sunset.

11 Feb    The moon rises shortly before midnight followed closely by magnitude 1.2 Spica less than 2 finger-widths to the lower left. A half hour later, magnitude 0.5 Saturn appears above the horizon 3 finger-widths beyond Spica. The moon is at perigee, 57.69 Earth-radii, 368,000 kilometers, away. The equation of time is at minimum for the year, -14.25 minutes.

USPS Star Calendar for 29 January-4 February 22 January 2012

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29 Jan    High in the southwest at nightfall, the moon is a little more than 3 finger-widths to Jupiter’s right.

30 Jan    Jupiter is a little more than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right at dusk. The moon is at apogee, 63.39 Earth-radii, 404,000 kilometers, away.

31 Jan    At dusk, look for the Pleiades Cluster 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left and Jupiter nearly 2 fist-widths to its lower right.

1 Feb    High in the south at sunset, the Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right, and magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths to the lower left. Orion lies farther to the lower left. The bright “star” 3 fist-widths to the lower right is magnitude -2.3 Jupiter.

2 Feb    Aldebaran is 3 finger-widths to the waxing gibbous moon’s lower right tonight. More than two-thirds of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Today is Candlemas or Groundhog Day, one of the cross-quarter days halfway between solstices and equinoxes.

3 Feb    Look high in the south 3 hours after sunset to see the moon surrounded by Aldebaran nearly 2 fist-widths to the left, the Gemini Twins 2½ fist-widths to the right, Orion 1 fist-width below and magnitude 0.2 Capella nearly overhead.

4 Feb    Look to the east at dusk to see the Gemini Twins 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left and magnitude 0.6 Betelgeuse, the brightest star on Orion, the same distance to the right. Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is nearly 2 fist-widths below the moon.