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SkyMaps – December 2020

8 Dec 2020, 20:31 UTC
SkyMaps – December 2020
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There’s a great tool I recommend to anyone interested in observing the night sky and it’s free to download every month. They have created these for various places on Earth as well!
If you haven’t already heard of it, it’s the two page free download over at SkyMaps.com
SkyMap for December 2020
Here’s the process of getting the SkyMap for your location…
Visit the site > scroll down a bit, if necessary > click on the download button > pick your location: Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere or Equator > download the SkyMap for yourself
Every month, they offer a new ‘SkyMap’ for each part of Earth and you can download and print one for yourself that month to use when you observe the night sky. These are great for several reasons. I’ll talk a little bit more about that later on. Right now, Here are the things you can look for…
December 2020
Last Quarter Moon
Moon near Spica
Moon at perigee (closest to Earth)
New Moon
Geminid Meteor Shower
Total Solar Eclipse (South Pacific, Chile, Argentina and South Atlantic)
Moon, Jupiter & Saturn are in conjunction
December Solstice
Jupiter & Saturn Great Conjunction

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