December Astronomy

December Astronomy

December 1, 2020| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, What's Happening

The most stunning sight in the skies will be the “great conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn, low in the southwest in the early evening, the closest visible in 800 years!  Mars remains prominent, cresting high in the south.  Early risers see Venus lowering toward the horizon, lost in the Sun’s glare next month.  The longest nights of the year welcome the return of Orion, rising earlier each evening, and dominating the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper right leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking to the lower left, the brilliant star Sirius is rising.  The Milky Way now arches from west to east across the top of the sky.

Stay tuned on our website and Facebook page for details on how to join us for the live stream of the Great Conjunction. Send us your questions about space beforehand, and you might get a shout-out by our educators during the stream!

 

Jupiter and Saturn are amazingly close all month, nearly “touching” on the Winter Solstice, the 21st. It won’t happen again until 2080.

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