Stargazer calendar December 2014

Star calendar 1–31 December

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4 Dec    The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left or upper left tonight.

5 Dec    The brightest star in Taurus, Aldebaran, is 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left at dusk. [Binoculars]

6 Dec    By mid-evening, Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, and Capella is 3 fist-widths to the upper left, with Pollux far below. Orion is to the moon’s lower right, with first-magnitude stars Betelgeuse 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and Rigel at the opposite corner beyond the belt.

7 Dec    Tonight the moon lies between Orion and Gemini, with Alhena 2 finger-widths below.

9 Dec    Late tonight, Procyon is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right. Sirius is another 2 ½ fist-widths beyond Procyon.

10 Dec    Low in the east at midnight, Procyon is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right. Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the lower left, and Regulus is 4 finger-widths to Jupiter’s lower left.

11 Dec    Jupiter, the moon and Regulus form a tight triangle low in the east late tonight and early tomorrow. Four fingers held at arm’s length will cover all three.

13 Dec    Right to left, Jupiter, Regulus and the moon line up high in the south before dawn. Spica is far to the lower left.

14 Dec    The moon is about midway between Jupiter and Spica.

17 Dec    This morning, the moon is to Spica’s lower left, and Saturn is 3 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left.

18 Dec    This morning, the moon lies midway between Spica, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and Saturn, to the lower left.

19 Dec    Low in the east before dawn, Saturn is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left.

20 Dec    Before sunrise, Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right. Try to catch a glimpse of Antares, 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, before the sky brightens.

21 Dec    The winter solstice marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

24 Dec    Altair is 2½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right early tonight.

28 Dec    High in the south at dusk, Mars is to the far lower right of the moon.

31 Dec    The moon is high in the east at dusk with Orion and Gemini just above the eastern horizon. The moon won’t catch up with Jupiter until January.

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