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Saturday, December 01, 2012

 

Southern Skywatch December 2012 Edition is now up.

Morning sky as seen from Adelaide at 3:00 am ACDST on December 14 showing the Geminid meteor shower radiant (click on image to embiggen)
The December edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

There's still lots of planetary action this month.

Venus is low in the morning sky and is close to the crescent Moon on the 12th. On December 11 the crescent Moon s is close to  Saturn.

Jupiter is in the morning sky near the Hyades. Jupiter is at opposition on the 3rd, when it is largest as seen from Earth, this is an ideal time for telescopic views of Jupiter. On the 26th the Moon and Jupiter are close.

Mars  is Sagittarius. Mars is close to the crescent Moon on the 15th. By the end of the month it is very difficult to see.

Mercury returns to the morning sky this month, but is hard to observe.

The Geminid meteor shower is at maximum on the morning of December 14.

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