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  Sky Calendar -- December 2008
1 Venus 2.0° South of Jupiter at 9h UT (43° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -4.1 and -2.0. The two brightest planets & the Moon nearby!
1 Moon very near Venus and Jupiter at 16h UT (43° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. -4.1. Spectacular occultation of Venus visible from most of western Europe. Look west after sunset.
Sky Maps: Venus - Jupiter - Moon Encounter (Skymaps)
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
5 First Quarter Moon at 21:26 UT.
5 Mars at conjunction with Sun at 22h UT (not visible). The red planet passes into the morning sky.
11 Moon very near the Pleiades at 7h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from all of North America.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
12 Full Moon at 16:37 UT. The full Moon of December is called the "Moon Before Yule" in folklore.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
12 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 22h UT (356,566 km; 33.5'). High tides expected.
13 Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 23h 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. Viewing unfavorable due to very bright moonlight.
The Geminids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 (IMO)
14 Moon near Pollux at 19h UT (morning sky).
15 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 19h UT.
17 Moon near Regulus at 8h UT (morning sky).
18 Moon near Saturn at 22h UT (96° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. +1.0.
19 Last Quarter Moon at 10:29 UT.
21 Moon near Spica at 12h UT (morning sky).
21 December solstice at 12:04 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)
25 Moon near Antares at 7h UT (24° from Sun, morning sky).
26 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 406,601 km; angular size 29.4').
27 New Moon at 12:22 UT. Start of lunation 1064.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
29 Moon very near Jupiter at 9h UT (20° from Sun, evening sky). Occultation visible from western-half of Australia.
Occultation of Jupiter (IOTA)
31 Mercury 1.2° from Jupiter at 15h UT (evening sky). Mags. -0.7 & -1.9.
31 Moon near Venus at 18h UT (46° from Sun, evening sky).
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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