Events for February 2018

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for February 2018.

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 2018
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        (h:m)
Feb 01  18:24  Regulus 0.9°S of Moon
Feb 07  15:54  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 07  19:47  Jupiter 4.3°S of Moon
Feb 09  05:12  Mars 4.4°S of Moon
Feb 11  14:16  Moon at Apogee: 405701 km
Feb 11  14:46  Saturn 2.5°S of Moon
Feb 11  16:40  Mars 5.0°N of Antares
Feb 14  21:11  Moon at Descending Node 
Feb 15  20:51  Partial Solar Eclipse; mag=0.599
Feb 15  21:05  NEW MOON 
Feb 17  12     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
Feb 23  08:09  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 23  17:07  Aldebaran 0.7°S of Moon
Feb 27  14:48  Moon at Perigee: 363938 km
Feb 27  17:28  Beehive 2.3°N of Moon
Feb 28  05:03  Moon at Ascending Node 

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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Atlantic Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Eastern Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Central Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Mountain Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Pacific Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Alaska Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Hawaii Standard Time 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For information on all solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2018.

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