Events for February 2017

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for February 2017.

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 2017
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        (h:m)
Feb 01  01:09  Mars 2.3°N of Moon
Feb 04  04:19  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 05  21:14  Aldebaran 0.2°S of Moon
Feb 06  13:59  Moon at Perigee: 368817 km
Feb 07  14     Mercury at Aphelion 
Feb 09  23:46  Beehive 3.9°N of Moon
Feb 11  00:33  FULL MOON 
Feb 11  00:44  Penumbral Lunar Eclipse; mag=0.988
Feb 11  14:04  Regulus 0.8°N of Moon
Feb 11  19:49  Moon at Ascending Node 
Feb 15  14:55  Jupiter 2.7°S of Moon
Feb 18  19:33  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 18  21     Jupiter at Aphelion 
Feb 18  21:14  Moon at Apogee: 404376 km
Feb 20  16     Venus at Perihelion 
Feb 20  23:44  Saturn 3.6°S of Moon
Feb 26  06:28  Moon at Descending Node 
Feb 26  14:53  Annular Solar Eclipse; mag=0.992
Feb 26  14:58  NEW MOON 

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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Atlantic Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Eastern Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Central Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Mountain Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Pacific Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Alaska Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Hawaii Standard Time 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

The astronomical highlight of 2017 is the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. This is the first total eclipse visible from the continental USA in 38 years. For complete details on this highly anticipated event, see: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (EclipseWise.com).

For information on all solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2017.

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