February Moon & Planet data for 2016


The follwing table lists various solar system object events during February. A list of astronomical terms used in may be found after the table.

February 1 Moon last quarter
February 1 Mars 2.6 degrees south of the Moon
February 3 Saturn 3.4 degrees south of the Moon
February 5 Moon southern most declination (-18.3 degrees)
February 6 Venus 1.1 degrees south of Pluto
February 6 Pluto 3.2 degrees south of the Moon
February 6 Venus 4.3 degrees south of the Moon
February 6 Mercury 3.7 degrees south of the Moon
February 7 Mercury greatest elong W(26)
February 8 Moon new
February 9 Neptune 2.0 degrees south of the Moon
February 11 Moon at perigee
February 12 Uranus 1.6 degrees north of the Moon
February 15 Moon first quarter
February 16 Aldebaran 0.4 degrees south of the Moon Occn
February 17 Moon northern most declination (18.3 degrees)
February 22 Regulus 2.4 degrees north of the Moon
February 22 Moon full
February 24 Jupiter 1.6 degrees north of the Moon
February 26 Spica 4.9 degrees south of the Moon
February 27 Moon at apogee
February 28 Neptune at conjunction
February 29 Mars 3.5 degrees south of the Moon
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • conjunction: Two astronomical objects are 'lined up' (have the same right ascension) when viewed from Earth. If only one object is mentioned the Sun is generally the other object.
  • declination: 'Latitude' for celestial objects. The distance in degress above (north) or below (south) the celestial equator.
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth