Naked eye astronomy in December
Myth: astronomy is an expensive hobby that requires telescopes in order to have a good time. Fact: with just your two eyes, there can be plenty to enjoy in the night sky, provided you know what to look for. So, what follows is a list of astronomical goings on for December, all of which are naked eye.
Note: sunrise/set times are for the Cleveland area, namely 41 degrees North latitude. For anyone reading this who lives at a vastly different latitude, say 10 degrees above or below 40N, your sunrise/set times will be very different.
December 22: Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year,
wholesale golf clubs, a thin crescent Moon,
Buy UK DVD, Antares, and Mercury meet up in the predawn sky, Ursid Meteors peak, Mercury is at its highest.
December 23: A near Old Moon is just to the left of Antares, below Mercury just before dawn. Grab the binoculars.
December 24: Third Quarter Moon
December 25: thin Crescent Moon meets Venus,
cheap golf clubs, scenario (with easier Moon) repeats tomorrow
December 29: The Sun rises at 7:54am, its latest rise of the year.
Late Month: The longest nights are here, which makes for a great time to see a star twice in a night.
Now for viewing. The Cleveland area weather forecast is always looking very iffy for this time of year. So, for an even more up to date,
http://www.derbyjuggling.co.uk/, hour by hour weather forecast,
http://www.changesbristol.co.uk/, check out the Cleveland Clear Sky Clock to see what the night will bring. Live somewhere else? Find a clock near you.