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

Posted by amedalen in February 2012, 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.

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USPS Star Calendar for 31 January to 6 February 24 January 2010

Posted by amedalen in February 2010, January 2010.
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1 Feb
A half-hour after moonrise late this evening, look for magnitude 0.7 Saturn 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left.

2 Feb
Around midnight, look low in the east for Saturn 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left and Spica the same distance to its lower left.
Today is Groundhog Day and Candlemas, one of four cross-quarter days halfway between the solstices and equinoxes.

3 Feb
Look low in the southwest before dawn to see Saturn a little more than a fist-width to the moon’s upper right and magnitude 1.2 Spica 1 fist-width to its upper left. Magnitude 0.2 Arcturus is high above the moon.

5 Feb
Last-quarter moon
at 2350 UT, 1850 EST

6 Feb
Low in the south before dawn, you’ll find Scorpius to the moon’s left.