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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending November 30, 2013
The moon is just below Saturn in the middle of Libra at the start of December 2013. Below the moon is Mercury. Mars is next to a start called Zavijava. All three are in the morning sky. Mercury is heading eastward. So is Saturn. You’ll quickly lose Mercury in the dawn, but for most of the month the ringed planet will keep heading toward the middle of Libra. The moon breezes by again on the 28th. That’s about the time Mercury has moved to the other side of the sun.
Meanwhile, Mars is also heading east. Around the middle of the month, it’s close to a star called Zaniah. After a visit by the moon on the 25th, Mars heads for rendezvous with Porrima by the 28th.
If you didn’t get to see Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) in November, you may get another chance in December. It will be next to a star named Yed Prior on the morning of the 6th. Staying between constellations the ...