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  Sky Calendar -- December 2006
2 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 0h UT (365,923 km; 32.7').
4 Moon very near the Pleiades at 3h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from North America and Western Europe.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
5 Full Moon at 0:25 UT. The full Moon of December is called the "Moon Before Yule" in northern folklore.
7 Moon near Pollux at 23h UT (morning sky).
9 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 2h UT (morning sky).
10 Moon near Saturn at 11h UT (morning sky).
10 Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter within 1.0° circle at 14h UT (15° from the Sun, morning sky).
10 Mercury 0.13° from Jupiter at 19h UT (15° from Sun, morning sky). Magnitudes -0.6 and -1.7.
10 Moon near Regulus at 22h UT (morning sky).
12 Last Quarter Moon at 14:32 UT.
13 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 404,418 km; angular size 29.6').
14 Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 10:45 UT. Produces bright, medium-speed meteors at its peak (up to 80 meteors/hour). The parent body of the Geminids is a mysterious asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon believed to be an "extinct comet."
The Geminids (Gary Kronk)
15 Moon near Spica at 10h UT (morning sky).
18 Moon near Jupiter at 19h UT (21° from Sun, morning sky). Magnitude -1.7.
19 Moon near Mars at 2h UT (18° from Sun, morning sky).
19 Moon near Antares at 3h UT (18° from Sun, morning sky).
20 Mars 4.4° from Antares at 4h UT (18° from Sun, morning sky). Magnitudes +1.5 and +1.0.
20 New Moon at 14:01 UT. Beginning of lunation 1039.
22 December solstice at 0:25 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest south of the celestial equator marking the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
December Solstice (Wikipedia)
27 First Quarter Moon at 14:48 UT.
28 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 2h UT (370,323 km; 32.3').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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