February 5, 2019

5 Feb

February 5, 2019


Moon at Apogee

9:28 am UT; 4:28 am EST; 3:28 am CST; 2:28 am MST; 1:28 am PST

Waxing crescent moon

Moon’s age: 1 day 4 hours (at noon EST)

Fraction of the Moon illuminated: 0 percent (midnight EST) 1 percent (noon EST)

On this day in 1924, the Greenwich Observatory in London began transmitting an hourly time signal (through the BBC), an update on previous technology. Since 1833, the principal method of establishing a reputable, sharable time signal was dropping a red “Time Ball” from the top of a mast on the Flamsteed House in London, at precisely 1:00 PM local time each day.

On this day in 1974, Patty Hearst, daughter of wealthy newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California. The kidnappers were a terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army, which demanded that Hearst provide massive public donations of groceries as partial terms of a ransom. The FBI found Patty on September 18 the following year and in a subsequent trial was found guilty of participating in bank robberies with the group as a result of brainwashing. She served one year of a seven year sentence.


The 2019 Moon Calendar is currently available from The Experiment Publishing. The 2019 Moon Almanac and The Moon Book 3rd Edition are also available. Click through for purchase options.

The Moon Almanac 2019 by [Long, Kim]      



Times. Time of day is indicated as UT (Universal Time), EST (Eastern Standard Time), CST (Central Standard Time), MST (Mountain Standard Time), and PST (Pacific Standard Time). To figure Daylight Saving Time when in effect locally, subtract one hour from the time indicated for a U.S. time zone. Because of the time difference between UT and North America, at the time of a full moon or other moon phase, the date may fall a day earlier in the United States (indicated when this occurs).

Fraction of the Moon illuminated. The percentage of the front (visible) side of the moon that is lit by sunlight, with 0 percent indicating a new moon (not visible) and 100 percent indicating a full moon (no shadow visible); quarter moons are 50 percent illuminated. Below 5 percent illumination, when the lit portion is a slim crescent (on the left side for a waning moon – “old crescent moon” and on the right side for a waxing moon – “new crescent moon”) it may not be visible in most locations. The percentage is computed by the Astronomical Applications Department/U.S. Naval Observatory. In the course of a 24 hour period, the percentage will either increase or decrease at a varying rate depending on the phase, with the slowest visible change occurring around the time of the full moon and the fastest visible change occurring around the time of the new moon. This is due to the effect of light from the sun illuminating the spherical surface of the Moon.

Moon’s age. One complete lunation (a complete cycle from one new moon to the next new moon) occurs in an average of 29.5 days. The “moon’s age” is the number of calendar days from the time of the new moon, shown here with the number of hours depicted as a rounded number. The figure listed is for noon, EST.

©  Copyright 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Kim Long.


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