Starwatch

by Deane Morrison

With bright planets in both the morning and evening skies, December is a great time for fans of moon meetings.

On the 1st, a fingernail moon emerges from the sun’s afterglow in the company of Venus. Mercury is below the moon, but so near the sun as to be practically invisible. The next night, the moon and Venus again make a pair, and on the 3rd the moon hangs above the brilliant planet. Between the 4th and 5th, our peripatetic satellite sails above Mars. A new moon arrives at 12:53 a.m. on the 29th, and a thin crescent of the next cycle appears over the sunset horizon on the last evening of the year.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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