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In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Below is a list of dates with notable events for the coming weeks in December 2018

  • Look out for the Geminid meteor shower this month as this one shows good activity before midnight whereas normally the meteor showers just show good activity after midnight. 

  • 3rd Moon passes star Spica 7am SSE
  • 4th Moon passes Venus 7am SE
  • 9th Moon passes Saturn early evening SW
  • 13th/14th Geminid meteor shower peak NE
  • 14th Moon close to Mars 6pm SW
  • 15th Moon close to Mars 6pm SW.
  • 15th Mercury may be glimpsed in the early morning SE
  • 21st Moon lines up with stars Aldebaran and Bellatrix and The Pleiades cluster 4am West
  • 21st Winter Solstice
  • 21st Jupiter passes Mercury in the dawn sky SE
  • 21st/22nd Ursids meteor shower peak North to NE
  • 30th Moon close to star Spica 6am SSE
  • 30th Venus close to the horizon 6am SE

Sunrise 809am

Sunset 356pm

4th to 16th December Geminid meteor shower. 100 meteors per hour. Good activity before midnight as well as after.

17th to 3rd December Ursids meteor shower. 10 to 25 meteors per hour. After midnight. Moon bright so not great viewing.

Venus bright in the morning sky all month rising about 415am in the SE

Jupiter appears in the dawn sky around the middle of the month rising about 715am in the SE

Saturn disappears around the 20th of the month in the evening solar glow in the SW

Mercury visible for about two weeks in the middle of the month rising 630am in the SE

Mars can be seen in the evening in the SW

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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