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Monday, December 01, 2014

 

Southern Skywatch December, 2014 edition is now out at its New Home!

Western horizon as seen from Adelaide on 23 December at 9:00 pm ACDST . Click to embiggen.


The December edition of Southern Skywatch is now up at its new home.  This month has a little bit of  planetary action  some meteors and a comet.
 
Jupiter rises higher in the morning sky and is near the Moon on the 13th. Jupiter enters the evening sky later in the month.

Mars is obvious in the western evening sky.  Mars is close to the globular clusters M75 early in the month (3rd and 4th).

Saturn enters the morning sky.

Venus enters the evening sky.

Mercury returns to the evenining sky but is very difficult to see. It forms a triangle with the Moon and Venus low to the horizon on the 23rd

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy graces our skies this month, it may become bright enough to see with the unaided eye. 
 
The Geminid meteor shower is at its best on the morning of the 15th.

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