December Astronomy

December Astronomy

December 4, 2018| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Through the month, Orion rises earlier each evening, and dominates the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper rights leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking to the lower left, the brilliant star Sirius is rising.  Between Taurus, and the star cluster the Seven Sister, Comet Wirtanen may be visible as a fuzzy star mid-month.  Mars remains conspicuous in the evenings toward the south, while Saturn slips into the twilight, lost in the Sun’s glare as winter arrives.  Venus easily dominates the mornings, but Mercury puts on a great show mid-month, joined by Jupiter near the Solstice.

Learn about tonight’s celestial happenings with the Eye on the Night Sky!



Comet Wirtanen may be visible to the naked eye through mid-December.


Following First Night, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium will be closed through January 25th for our annual clean-up, spruce-up, and maintenance.

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