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CURRENT SKY HIGHLIGHTS

Be VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OBSERVE SUN DIRECTLY!  INSTANT BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR!!!  Instruments can explode!!! Cease viewing before Sun actually rises 
if you're using binoculars or telescope!!!  

Hubble Space Telescope imaged Aurorae on Saturn in 2004, images two days apart and in UV band.  Aurorae on Saturn are more closely modulated by Solar Wind than aurorae on Earth and Jupiter, and persist for several days on Saturn.

PLANET and SKY INFORMATION:  (updated December 7th, 2014)

No more known major sky events this year.

Geminid shower peaks around December 13th but Moonlight will be in way.

Planet Parade:
Mercury slips back toward Sun from east but creeps up on Venus low above western horizon just after sunset in late December.

Venus is just beginning to appear low in post sunset western sky, will appear higher as weeks go by.  Venus appears to drift east, will be caught by Mercury,
then will catch up to Mars by February, and alongside Uranus a few weeks later.  Use Stellarium or Sky Safari software to locate these planets in sky.

Bright coppery Mars is still low in southwestern sky by twilight, fairly dim as is far away, but will hang in for another two months, being caught by Venus in
late February. 

Jupiter rises in east around 930 PM, the bright dot through the night high in eastern and southern sky.

Saturn, the yellowish dot, rises around 700 AM just ahead of Sun, but will rise earlier each morning, not in evening sky until Spring.

The Waxing Crescent Moon will slip by Mercury, Venus, and Mars the third week of December, and third week of January and February.

Uranus and Neptune are visible through middle of night in southern sky if you have a telescope.  Venus appears to catch up to Uranus in March.

The Big Dipper is very low to the north in early evening, lowest the Dipper gets.

The Summer Triangle is visible low in NW by evening darkness, marked by stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair.

Galaxy M31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, is overhead in early evening.

The bright star Capella, of Auriga, appears in the northeast now by dusk and the stars of Orion accompanied by the other winter bright stars such as Aldebaran, Castor, and Pollux, show in the southeast by early evening.

By midnight the stars of Winter span the southern and central sky and the stars of Spring are already rising in the east, Leo with bright stars Regulus and Denebola, and the landmark orange giant star Arcturus, in Bootes.


 
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