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 ------ ----- -------------------------------------------- (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).
- More Information
- Sky Events Calendar (AstroPixels.com)
- This Week’s Sky at a Glance (Sky & Telescope)
- Heavens Above
- Cal Sky
- Star Date
- Eclipses During 2017 (EclipseWise.com)
- 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (EclipseWise.com)
- Additional Astronomical Events
- Solstices and Equinoxes: 2001 to 2100 (GMT)
- Perihelion and Aphelion: 2001 to 2100 (GMT)
- Phases of the Moon: 2001 to 2100 (Greenwich Mean Time)
- Full Moon at Perigee (Super Moon): 2001 to 2100 (GMT)
- More Astronomical Data (AstroPixels.com)
- Solar and Lunar Eclipses (EclipseWise.com)