This month, Uranus completes its retrograde loop and resumes its eastward motion in the skies, and Mercury returns to view. Here’s more on the planetary events this month.
With a new Moon in the sky this week, it’s the perfect time to look for some deep-sky objects
Jupiter and Saturn provide a continuation of last month’s show, meeting with Mercury post sunset this week.
Ring in the new year as the Earth reaches perihelion and a meteor shower streaks the sky.
Saturn and Jupiter meet in their closest conjunction since 1623, a minor meteor shower peaks and the Moon’s Lunar X will be visible for western Canadians.
Watch Saturn and Jupiter as they come closer together. The winter solstice starts off next week with the pair’s conjunction.
As the Moon wanes after its last quarter, keep an eye open for Saturn and Jupiter as they come closer to their Great Conjunction. Also, on the night of December 13-14, the Geminid Meteor Shower reaches its peak.
December’s best show comes from Saturn and Jupiter, who spend more than two weeks less than a degree apart and meet December 21 in a “Great Conjunction.”
The week starts off with a penumbral lunar eclipse, then keep your eyes on the Moon over the next few days as it crosses Messier 35 and passes Messier 44.