What's up in the night sky from Dec 16 thru Dec 22

Dec 16

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12/16/2013 3:39 PM  RssIcon

Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of December 16 thru December 22

Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring in the night sky for amateur astronomers to observe naked eye, with binoculars and sometimes a telescope.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Dec 16

  • Algol at minimum, 22:21 UT

Tuesday, Dec 17:

  • "Mini-Moon" - the smallest Full Moon of 2013 occurs at 09:28 UT

Wednesday, Dec 18:

  • Uranus appears stationary in the night sky; look for the planet near 44 Piscium 

Thursday, Dec 19:

  • Moon is 5 degrees south of Jupiter at 07:00 UT (this will be on the evening of the 18th for the Americas)
  • Algol at minimum 19:10 UT

Friday, Dec 20:

Saturday, Dec 21:

Sunday Dec 22:

  • Ursid meteor shower peaks at 14:00 UT (poor shower - only produces 10 meteors per hour at peak!)
  • Algol at minimum, 15:59 UT

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Want to know how to find and see these sights and more in the night sky with binoculars or a small telescope? Check out the homepage. For recent videos of other celestial sights to see, click the "Videos" link at the top of this page.


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