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December 2014 Urban Observing post 1 December 1, 2014

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro, Urban Observing.
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November kind of got away from me, again. So here’s a short post to tide you over until the real one in a couple of days.

On December 1, the Moon is less than 1º from Uranus. Jupiter rises around 11 PM.

The Moon and Uranus in Pisces on December 1 at 7 PM

The Moon and Uranus in Pisces on December 1 at 7 PM

It becomes reasonable to look for Saturn in the pre-dawn sky during the first week of December. Even better, “pre-dawn” is around 7 AM. Mercury however is gone.

With binoculars, you might catch Venus in the southwest half an hour after sunset during the first week.

Mark your calendars for the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks on the morning of the 13th. However, Spaceweather.com reports that observers are already seeing a few of these. Gemini rises around 8:30, but you’ll see the most meteors after midnight.

On December 5, a nearly full moon passes through the Hyades.

Full Moon: Dec 6 at 7:27 EST.

 

 

 

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