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  Sky Calendar -- February 2009
2 First Quarter Moon at 23:13 UT.
4 Moon near the Pleiades at 2h UT (evening sky).
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
7 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20h UT (361,488 km; 33.1').
8 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 17h UT.
9 Full Moon at 14:49 UT. The full Moon of February is called the Snow Moon, Hunger Moon or Wolf Moon.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
9 Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon from 12:37 to 16:40 UT, mid-eclipse at 14:38 UT. Northern side of the Moon will appear dimmer. Visible from NW North America, Pacific, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of February 09 (NASA)
Path of the Moon through the penumbra (NASA)
Lunar Eclipses for Beginners (Mr Eclipse)
10 Moon near Regulus at 5h UT (midnight sky).
11 Moon near Saturn at 15h UT (morning sky).
16 Comet Lulin 3° from Spica at 5h UT. Mag +6.
Catch Winter's Comet Lulin (Sky & Telescope)
16 Last Quarter Moon at 21:37 UT.
17 Mars 0.56° from Jupiter at 17h UT (19° from Sun, morning sky). Mags +1.3 and -1.9.
17 Moon very near Antares at 21h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from SE Asia & Australia.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
19 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 405,129 km; angular size 29.5').
20 Venus brightest at 23h UT (evening sky). Mag -4.6.
22 Moon near Mercury at 22h UT (25° from Sun, morning sky). Mag -0.1.
23 Moon very near Jupiter at 0h UT (23° from Sun, morning sky). Mag -2.0. Occultation visible from East Asia, Japan, and North Indonesia.
Occultation of Jupiter (IOTA)
23 Moon near Mars at 6h UT (20° from Sun, morning sky).
24 Comet Lulin 2° from Saturn at 2h UT. Mag +5.
24 Mercury 0.62° from Jupiter at 4h UT (24° from Sun, morning sky). Mags -0.1 and -2.0.
24 Mercury, Mars & Jupiter within 3.7° diameter circle at 6h UT (23° from Sun, morning sky). Within 5° from 22-26 Feb.
25 New Moon at 1:35 UT. Start of lunation 1066.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
28 Moon very near Venus at 0h UT (35° from Sun, evening sky). Occultation visible from parts of Antarctica.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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