Sky Guide December 2016

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What to look out, and up, for in December.

Our highlights of this month’s skies with the planet on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Venus shining brilliantly in the evening sky
  • Mercury at greatest elongation on 11th December
  • Jupiter returns to our late night skies

Next up is the meteor showers and December brings us the greatest of them all:

  • The Geminids peaking on the night of 13/14th December

Then we each take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Jeni – IC 1396 – The Elephant Trunk Nebula in Cepheus
  • Paul – M78 – a reflection nebula in Orion
  • Ralph – NGC 246 the Skull Nebula in Cetus

And we finish this sky guide with December’s moon phases.

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