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  Sky Calendar -- December 2005
1 New Moon at 14:59 UT. Beginning of lunation 1026. New Moon occurs twice this month (see Dec 31).
4 Moon near Venus at 19h UT (42° from Sun, evening sky).
5 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5h UT (distance 367,364 km; size 32.6').
8 First Quarter Moon at 9:36 UT.
12 Moon near Mars at 4h UT (evening sky). Mag. -1.3.
12 Venus at brightest at 12h UT. Mag. -4.7.
12 Mercury at greatest elongation, 24° west from the Sun (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -0.4, very low in the east-southeast.
13 Moon near the Pleiades at 21h UT (evening sky).
14 Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 4:30 UT. Produces bright, medium-speed meteors at its peak on the night of December 13-14 (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. Moonlight interferes this year.
15 Full Moon at 16:15 UT. The full Moon of December is called the "Moon Before Yule" in folklore.
18 Moon near Pollux at 1h UT (morning sky).
19 Moon near Saturn at 12h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.0.
21 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 405,014 km; angular size 29.5').
21 Moon near Regulus at 3h UT (morning sky).
21 December solstice at 18:36 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.
23 Last Quarter Moon at 19:36 UT.
25 Moon very near Spica at 14h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from most of North America except southwest and west.
27 Moon near Jupiter at 1h UT (53° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. -1.8.
29 Moon very near Antares at 1h UT (28° from Sun, morning sky).
31 New Moon at 3:12 UT. Beginning of lunation 1027. Second time this month.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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