Check out the Adler's monthly sky watching guide for December 2013.
Featured News for December
Will Comet ISON grace our sky this December? If the icy mass isn’t vaporized or torn apart by the sun, your best bet to view the comet is to look southwest just after sunset in early December from a dark location.
On December 5, Venus appears near the Waxing Crescent Moon very low in the SW just after sunset.
Why is Venus called the evening Star? Venus is called the Evening Star because it trails the Sun in the sky and brightens into view immediately after the Sun sets and when the sky is dark enough. When Venus is at its brightest, it appears visible merely minutes after the Sun has set.
After midnight on the December 13 and 14, head to a very dark location and look east toward the constellation Gemini for a chance to see up to 60 meteors per hour. The Waxing Gibbous Moon could be a problem this year, obscuring the fainter meteors. Let us know when and where you were to observe this year’s Gemini Meteor shower.
December 18 through the 19 Jupiter appears near the waning Gibbous moon.
Dec 21 marks the first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Also called the Winter solstice, the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky for the year and it is the shortest day.
On December 25 and the 26 Mars appears near the last quarter moon in pre-dawn hours.
Catch a glimpse of Saturn on the 28 and 29 as it appears near the Waning Crescent Moon low in the SE just before sunrise.
You can spot the New Moon on March 3, the First Quarter moon on March 9, the Full Moon on the March 17, and the Last Quarter moon on the March 25.