Waxing to full, the Moon passes through the Winter Football and buzzes a couple of Messier objects this week.
From a waxing crescent Moon near Uranus to the Moon occulting the asteroid Vesta, here are the highlights in This Week’s Sky.
Look for the slim crescent Moons near Jupiter and Mercury
Waning gibbous Moon, the last Quarter Moon, Algol reaches minimum brightness and the waning crescent Moon near Mars.
The penumbral lunar eclipse, Uranus stands still and the waxing and waning gibbous moon
Winter Solstice, meteors and a passerby comet highlight the week
Watch for planets on the move and the Geminids Meteor Shower
Mercury at maximum near Mars, young Moon meets pretty planets, and touring the lucky stars of Aquarius
Leo’s meteors, neighbourly M31 and double Gammas