Thursday, December 07, 2006
Rare Planetary Massing, December 10-12
The planets will be so close that you can cover them all with your outstretched thumb. You may need binoculars to see them all though (Mars is faint and Mercury and Jupiter are very close).
On the morning of the 11th, the three planets will be closest together. As well Saturn, the Moon and Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, form an attractive triangle. This is better seen earlier on in the morning (around 3:00 am). You may also see some Geminids, this meteor shower peaks on the evening of the 14th, spilling over into the morning of the 15th. However, some meteors can be seen in the early morning of the 11th and 12th, as you wait for the three planets to rise. The radiant is in Gemini, in the northeast.
There may even be an aurora for Tasmanians and New Zealanders to see, if the most recent flare from Sunspot 930 brushes past the Earth.
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