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  Sky Calendar -- December 2013
1 Moon near Saturn (22° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. +0.6.
1 Moon near Mercury (15° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. -0.7.
3 New Moon at 00:21 UT. Start of lunation 1125.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
4 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (360,067 km; angular size 33.2').
5 Moon near Venus (40° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -4.7.
9 First Quarter Moon at 15:12 UT.
10 Venus brightest at 2h UT. Mag. -4.7.
14 Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 6h UT. Most active for 21 hours from 13h UT Dec 13. Produces bright, medium-speed meteors at its peak (up to 80 meteors/hour). Major meteor shower. Easy to observe (radiant shown on sky map). Best seen after midnight. Moonlight makes viewing conditions less than ideal this year.
Observing the Geminids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
15 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 5h UT.
16 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 2h UT.
17 Full Moon at 9:28 UT.
19 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. -2.7.
20 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 406,269 km; angular size 29.4').
20 Moon near Beehive Cluster (morning sky) at 23h UT.
21 December solstice at 17:11 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 near Regulus (morning sky) at 21h UT.
25 Last Quarter Moon at 13:49 UT.
26 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.9.
27 Moon very near Spica (morning sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible from NW Asia and Scandinavia.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
29 Moon near Saturn (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.6.
30 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 8h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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