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  Sky Calendar -- December 2007
1 Moon near Saturn at 11h UT. (morning sky). Mag. +0.8.
1 Last Quarter Moon at 12:44 UT.
5 Moon near Spica at 6h UT (morning sky).
5 Moon near Venus at 18h UT (morning sky). Mag. -4.2.
6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 406,235 km; angular size 29.4').
9 New Moon at 17:41 UT. Start of lunation 1051.
14 Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 16:45 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."
Meteor Shower Calendar 2007 (IMO)
14 Moon very near Neptune at 19h UT (evening sky). Mag. +7.8. Occultation visible from Southern Africa.
Occultation of Neptune (IOTA)
17 First Quarter Moon at 10:18 UT.
18 Mars nearest to Earth at 23:46 UT (88.17 million kms). Diameter 15.9". Mag. -1.6. The closest and brightest that Mars will be until May 2016.
Mars closest to Earth (Earth & Sky)
21 Moon near the Pleiades at 23h UT (evening sky).
22 December solstice at 6:10 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)
22 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (360,815 km; 33.1').
24 Full Moon at 1:16 UT. The full Moon of December is called the Moon Before Yule in folklore.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
24 Moon very near Mars at 3h UT (midnight sky). Mag. -1.6. Occultation visible from Alaska, Western Canada, and Europe.
Occultation of Mars (IOTA)
24 Mars at opposition at 20h UT. Mag. -1.6. Visible all night.
25 Moon near Pollux at 12h UT (morning sky).
26 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 13h UT (morning sky).
28 Moon very near Regulus at 4h UT. Occultation visible from North and Central South America.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
31 Last Quarter Moon at 7:51 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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