Stargazer star calendar for December 2015

Star calendar 1–31 December 2015

1 Dec       Regulus is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left shortly before midnight.

2 Dec      Regulus, the heart of Leo, the Lion, is less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right before dawn.

3 Dec      Jupiter is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s left before dawn. Regulus is 1½ fist-widths to the upper right.

4 Dec      This morning the moon slides to Jupiter’s left, and Mars is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left.

5 Dec      Much closer to Mars, the moon is only 3 finger-widths away this morning.

6 Dec      The moon passes to Mars’ lower left this morning. Venus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left, and Spica is 3 finger-widths below the moon.

7 Dec      Venus is less than 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left this morning.

10 Dec    Orion and Gemini rise above the horizon a couple hours after sunset, putting them high in the east by midnight.

14 Dec    At dusk the bright star 2½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right is Altair in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. Continuing 3½ fist-widths beyond Aquila brings us to Vega in the constellation Lyra, the Lyre. Deneb, 2½ fist-widths above Lyra, completes the Summer Triangle.

21 Dec     Winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere.

22 Dec    Late tonight the Pleiades Cluster is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left. Aldebaran is the same distance to the moon’s lower left.

23 Dec    Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight, and Betelgeuse is 2 fist-widths below.

24 Dec    Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and the Gemini Twins are far to the lower left.

25 Dec    The full moon rises a few minutes after Betelgeuse, to the right, and a few minutes before Pollux, the brighter of the Gemini Twins, to the left. The equation of time is zero.

26 Dec    The moon lies between Procyon, 1 fist-width to the lower right, and Pollux, the same distance to the upper left.

27 Dec    Late this evening the moon is high in the east with Procyon nearly 2 fist-widths to the upper right and Regulus the same distance to the lower left.

29 Dec    The moon rises 3 finger-widths below Regulus late tonight.

30 Dec    The moon rises just before midnight followed by Jupiter less than a half hour later.

31 Dec   High in the south before dawn Jupiter is 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left.

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