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December Night Sky Guide

1 Dec 2014, 17:29 UTC
December Night Sky Guide
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December Night Sky Tonight’s Sky: December 2014 Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the December Sky Evening Planets Mars hovers above the southwestern horizon after nightfall. Use a telescope to get a better look. Venus joins Mars in the southwest late in the month. Look for it low […]
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December Night Sky

Tonight’s Sky: December 2014
Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the December Sky
Evening Planets
Mars hovers above the southwestern horizon after nightfall. Use a telescope to get a better look.
Venus joins Mars in the southwest late in the month.
Look for it low over the horizon just after sunset.
In the late evening throughout the month, turn to the east to find magnificent Jupiter.
A telescope reveals dark bands in the planet’s cloudy atmosphere.
Constellations and Deep-Sky Objects
Two prominent constellations in the December night sky represent notable individuals of ancient Greek mythology.
The great hero Perseus holds the head of Medusa the Gorgon.
Located in Perseus is M34, an open star cluster about 1,400 light-years away from us.
Open star clusters ...

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