Events for February 2015

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for February 2015. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for February 2015
------  -----  --------------------------------------------
        (h:m)
Feb 03  23:09  FULL MOON 
Feb 04  08:35  Jupiter 5.2°N of Moon
Feb 05  08:17  Regulus 4.0°N of Moon
Feb 06  06:25  Moon at Apogee: 406155 km
Feb 06  17     Jupiter at Opposition 
Feb 08  17:10  Moon at Ascending Node 
Feb 09  16:23  Spica 3.3°S of Moon
Feb 12  03:50  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 13  00:10  Saturn 2.1°S of Moon
Feb 17  06:20  Mercury 3.5°S of Moon
Feb 18  23:47  NEW MOON 
Feb 19  07:29  Moon at Perigee: 356992 km
Feb 21  00:56  Venus 2.0°S of Moon
Feb 21  01:28  Mars 1.5°S of Moon
Feb 21  16:05  Moon at Descending Node 
Feb 24  16     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 26.7°W
Feb 25  17:14  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 25  23:02  Aldebaran 1.0°S of Moon
Feb 26  04     Neptune in Conjunction with Sun 

As the events above transpire, I will post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Atlantic Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Eastern Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Central Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mountain Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Pacific Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hawaii Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2015.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak