Sky this month – December 2016

Events this month – December 2016:

5 – Conjunction between the Moon and Mars at 09:20 UT, separation of ~3 degrees.

6 – Conjunction between the Moon and Neptune at 21:40 UT, separation of less than half a degree.

9 – Conjunction between the Moon and Uranus at 21:07 UT, separation of ~3 degrees.

10 – Saturn at solar conjunction. This event is not observable as the Saturn in located directly behind the Sun.

11 – Mercury reaches 21 degrees eastern elongation at 04:00 UT. Favorable positions for the observation of this planet.

12 – Full Moon (aka Super Moon, because of its apparent size)

13/14 – The Geminid meteors peak. ZHR of ~120.

21 – December solstice. The shortest day in this year for the northern hemisphere.

22 – Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter at 18:14 UT, separation of ~2 degrees.

29 – New Moon.

Recent stellar events:

PNV J18205200-2822100 – quite bright nova in Sagittarius further info about the object.

TCP J18102829-2729590 – quite bright nova in Sagittarius further info about the object.

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