The Night Sky This Month: December

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Here are some of the things to see in December:

  • 5:30 pm, southwestern sky – Saturn low above the horizon early in the month
  • 7 pm, southwestern sky – Mars visible in the direction of Sagittarius
  • 4 am, southeastern sky – Venus above the horizon before dawn; Mercury visible in the same area of the sky in mid-December
  • 8 pm, northeastern sky – Perseus constellation with the open cluster Messier 34
  • 8 pm, northeastern sky – Cassiopeia constellation with the recognizable “W” shape, the contrasting double star Eta Cassiopeiae, the open cluster Messier 103 and the Double Cluster between Cassiopeia and Perseus
  • 1 am, southeastern sky – Geminid meteor shower peaking on the night of December 13 to 14 with up to 60 meteors visible per hour

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