December 2014 Celestial Sky highlights

December 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

December 5th:  Observers in the Americas can see Aldebaran very close to the almost-full Moon.  Binoculars may also show some of the bright Hyades stars.

December  11-12:  DAWN:  The waning gibbous Moon passes below Jupiter halfway up the southwestern sky.

December 13-14:  ALL NIGHT:  The Geminid meteor shower peaks this night.  The best viewing will probably occur shortly before the last-quarter Moon rises around midnight.

December 15:  EVENING:  Algol shines at minimum brightness for roughly two hours centered at 10:22 p.m. EST.

December 18:  EVENING:  Algol shines at minimum brightness for roughly two hours centered at 7:12 p.m. EST.

December 21:  THE LONGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR:  in the Northern Hemisphere.  Winter begins at at the solstice, at 6:03 p.m. EST.

December 22:  DUSK:  An extremely thin crescent Moon floats to the right of Venus very low in the west-southwest shortly after sunset.  This is a challenging observation; bring binoculars.

December 23:  DUSK:  Look for Venus well below the Moon.

December 24:  EVENING:  Mars shines to the left of the waxing crescent Moon.

December 28:  LATE EVENING:  Uranus is very close to the Moon, with an occultation visible in Japan and parts of the Arctic.

 


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