Events for February 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for February 2016. 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 2016
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        (h:m)
Feb 01  03:28  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 01  08:48  Mars 2.7°S of Moon
Feb 03  19:05  Saturn 3.5°S of Moon
Feb 06  07:32  Venus 4.3°S of Moon
Feb 06  16:47  Mercury 3.8°S of Moon
Feb 07  01     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 25.6°W
Feb 08  14:39  NEW MOON 
Feb 10  20:46  Moon at Descending Node 
Feb 11  02:42  Moon at Perigee: 364358 km
Feb 13  03     Mercury 4.0° of Venus
Feb 15  07:46  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 16  07:41  Aldebaran 0.3°S of Moon
Feb 21  17     Mercury at Aphelion 
Feb 22  12:48  Regulus 2.5°N of Moon
Feb 22  18:20  FULL MOON 
Feb 24  03:58  Jupiter 1.7°N of Moon
Feb 24  06:10  Moon at Ascending Node 
Feb 26  19:05  Spica 5.1°S of Moon
Feb 27  03:28  Moon at Apogee: 405383 km
Feb 28  15     Neptune in Conjunction with Sun 
Feb 29  18:16  Mars 3.6°S of Moon

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally 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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

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



One thought on “Events for February 2016

  1. 2 2 2016 Hello and good evening Fred, Virginia here. Thank you for the update on the Mercury transit; very cool. I was able to photograph the Venus transit! I am going to try to photograph Mercury’s transit. Of course, I’ll use the correct filters. The solar system is so wonderful, is it not? Be well-happy gazing. v

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