Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch December 2014
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2105 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
The Moon hovers just above greenish Uranus at nightfall on the 1st. Use binoculars. The Moon visits the Hyades star cluster in Taurus on the 5th.
The 13th brings the year’s best meteor shower, the Geminids. A meteor every minute or two should appear in dark rural skies between 8:00 and 11:00 P.M. After 11:30, the unwelcome Moon will rise to brighten the heavens. View more information about meteor showers and viewing tips.
Winter begins with the solstice on the 21st, at 6:03 P.M. EST. Read more about the first day of winter!
After that date, Jupiter starts rising by 8:30 P.M. and is nicely high after 10:00 P.M. Venus might be glimpsed low at dusk by month’s end—a harbinger of its superb evening star apparition this coming spring.
Sky Map December 2014
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