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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

Here is stargazing info for December 2019.

  • 210th Venus passes Saturn low in the SW after sunset 430pm
  • 10th Moon near star Aldebaran and the cluster Pleiades E 6pm
  • 11th Venus passes Saturn low in the SW 430pm 
  • 11th Moon near Aldebaran E 6pm
  • 12th Mars passes close to double star Zubenelgenubi. A nice view through binoculars or telescope 
  • 13th / 14th Peak of the Geminid meteor shower in Gemini SE  before midnight 
  • 14th Moon near stars Castor and Pollux E 10pm 
  • 17th Moon near stars Regulus and Algieba SW 630am 
  • 20th Moon near star Spica in Virgo 
  • 21st / 22nd   Peak of the Ursid meteor shower in Ursa Minor N after midnight 
  • 22nd Shortest Day 
  • 23rd Moon near Mars SSE 730am 
  • 24th Moon near star Antares SE 730am 
  • 28th Moon near Venus SW 430pm 
  • 29th Moon near Venus SW 430pm
Planets:
Venus - very bright. Sets around 6pm. Moves into Capricornus.  Is moving rapidly towards Saturn. It begins the month low in the SW evening sky and rapidly moves east. 
Jupiter - At the start of the month it is to the lower right of Venus and sets around 5pm.  As the days pass Jupiter sinks into the twilight and disappears by the middle of the month. 
Saturn - it is to the upper left of Jupiter and sets around 6pm. It drops into the dusk glow disappearing by the end of December. 
Neptune - lies in Auarius and sets around 11pm 
Uranus - lies in Aries near the border with Pisces and sets around 330am. 
Mars - rises around 5am in Libra. It begins the month in Virgo but moves east into Libra. 
Mercury - rises around 6am and lies to the lower left of Mars. Is dropping down in the sky disappearing by mid December. 
Meteor Showers:
Geminid - visible 4th to 16th December and peaks 13th to 14th December.  Conditions are poor though because of full moon. Where other meteor showers come from comets, this one comes from an asteroid.  The meteors are slower and last longer. They should peak around 100 meteors per hour. It us one if the most active of the year and good activity is before midnight.  Look South East. 
Ursids - visible 17th to 23rd December and peaks 21st to 22nd December.  Conditions are favourable.  Maximum of 5 to 10 meteors per hour, possibly even 25 per hour. Look North.

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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