Astronomical events for the month of February 2018

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED February 7, 2018 09:21 am
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(Inside Manila) The state weather bureau has recently released the anticipated sky events including planet whereabouts, eclipse, and moon phases for the second month of the year. Watch the sky at these dates.


February 7: Moon at Last Quarter


The last quarter of the moon of February will fall on this day at 11:54 p.m. (PST).


February 8: Moon-Jupiter Conjunction


The largest planet in the Solar System and the Moon will share the same right ascension, passing within 4°07’ of each other. The two will both lie among the background stars of the constellation Libra, the Scales, at around 12:55 a.m. (PST) and will be at its highest point at around 6:02 a.m. (PST).


February 9: Moon-Mars Conjunction


The Red Planet and the Moon will make a close approach, passing within 4°18’ of each other. The two will both lie among the background stars of the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder, at around 1:26 a.m. (PST) and will be at its highest point at around 6:08 a.m. (PST).


February 11: Moon at Apogee and Moon-Saturn Conjunction


On this day, the Moon will reach its farthest distance along its orbit to the Earth at 405,644.489 km. It will appear slightly smaller at 10:16 p.m. (PST) compared to typical nights.


The Ringed Planet and the Moon will also make a close approach, passing within 2°27' of each other. The two will both lie among the background stars of the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, at around 3:18 a.m. (PST) and will be at its highest point at around 6:08 a.m. (PST).


February 16: New Moon


The new moon of February will fall on this day at 5:05 a.m. (PST).


February 18 to 24: National Astronomy Week


Now in its 25th year, the country’s astronomers, scientists, stargazers, and the likes will once again gather to celebrate astronomy. This follows Proclamation No. 130, signed 1993, which declares that every third week of February shall observe National Astronomy Week.


February 23: Moon at First Quarter


The first quarter of the moon of February will fall on this day at 4:09 p.m. (PST).


February 27: Moon at Perigee


On this day at 10:39 p.m. (PST), the Moon will reach its nearest distance along its orbit to the Earth for the month at 364,007.851 km, which will make it appear slightly larger compared to typical nights.

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