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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2012

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of February, 2012:

February 2 — Candlemas, the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

February 7 — Full Moon, 4:55 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

February 11 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 2:00 p.m.

February 14— Last Quarter Moon, 12:05 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

February 21— New Moon, 5:36 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

February 27 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth), 9 a.m.

February 29— First Quarter Moon, 8:22 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

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1 Caffey { 02.01.12 at 11:35 am }

I enjoy the Farmers Almanac .I love to read when to plant different things in the garden. Thank You.

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