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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

December 9, 2022

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    One of the brightest stars in the sky, Vega, is flickering in the northwest by dark. Vega gets its name from the German "Wega", which came from "Al Waki", Arabic for "the falling or swooping eagle". It will set tonight at 10:45 PM EST.

  • December 10:

    A waning Gibbous Moon rises this evening in the east-northeast, just to the right of the Twin Stars of Gemini. The star closest to the Moon is Pollux, the brighter of the twins, while a bit higher up shines Castor. Their origins as mythological twins extends back to Babylonian astronomy, when they were considered minor gods.

  • December 11:

    This evening's sunset is the earliest of the year. Although mornings will continue to arrive a few minutes later through the end of the month, the evenings will start, almost inperceptibly, to extend just a minute to two longer. The balance between them still leaves December 21st as the shortest daylight hours of the year.

 

Eye on the Night Sky is produced by the Fairbanks Museum, home to Vermont's only public planetarium.