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.
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.
Watch the Moon this week as it passes near Mars. At the start of next week, look for a penumbral lunar eclipse.
This week, look for the peak of the Leonids Meteor Shower, variable star Algol’s minimum, and a pretty meetup between Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent Moon.
A meteor shower, planets pairing with the crescent Moon, a dark new-Moon sky for stargazing — this week, what more could you want?