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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

December 15, 2018

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The ever-challenging planet Mercury offers a relatively decent view for early risers this weekend into next week. It should come into view, low in the east-southeast just after 6 o'clock, remaining visible through 6:40 AM. At that time, you might see a bright object below it - the planet Jupiter, getting closer to Mercury through the week.

  • December 16:

    The Big Dipper is showing signs of encouragement for those not enjoying the lack of daylight. By mid-evening, the Dipper is starting to lift a little higher in to the northeast, and by February will look like a question mark, begging the question, "When is spring?"

  • December 17:

    In spite of the brightening moonlight, due north at 7:00 PM EST, and nearly at the top of the sky, is the signature "w" shape of the constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen. Her stars are surrounded by the star fields of the Milky Way, subdues for the moment by the Moon. Cassiopeia is directly opposite the Big Dipper from the North Star, and like the Dipper never sets below the horizon.