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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending December 6, 2014
Mars lingers in about the same place in the sky every evening in December as the stars of Capricorn move westward behind it. Northern hemisphere observers will see them in the southwest. They will be due west from about 20° south. And they’ll be a little northwest from places farther south. See a thin crescent moon pass the red planet on the 25th.
The red planet is at perihelion, closest to the sun, on the 12th.
Late in the month, you can catch Venus in the glow of dusk where the sun was after sunset.
On the opposite side of the sky at sunset, the Hyades V with orange Aldebaran is rising. Orion isn’t far behind it. Canis Major is up a few hours later in the evening.
Jupiter rises in late evening. It’s very slowly moving toward Regulus in Leo. A waning gibbous moon makes a triangle with the planet and star on the 12th. But by that time, Jupiter has stopped in its tracks and begun to go the other way. It ...