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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