27 Nov – Full Moon (04:16EST)01 Dec – Callisto (mag 5.9) visible off Jupiter’s south pole (01:30EST). Jupiter’s Galilean moons generally go behind or in front of Jupiter’s disk but when Jupiter’s axis is pointed towards us Callisto is far enough from Jupiter to pass above or below the disk.
01-03 Dec – possible meteor shower – Andromedids from a passage of comet 3D/Biela in year 1649; possibly up to 200 meteors/hour. Predicted peak is 19:00EST on 02 Dec but watch the night before and the night after in case the timing is off.
04 Dec – Mercury greatest elongation east, low in the southwest shortly after sunset.
05 Dec – Last Quarter Moon
12 Dec – New Moon 18:32
14 Dec – Geminid meteor shower peaks, ~120 meteors/hour, best before dawn
18 Dec - minor planet 37 Fides (mag 9.7) at opposition.
19 Dec – First Quarter Moon
21 Dec – Winter Solstice 22:27EST
21 Dec – minor planet 4 Vesta (mag 6.4) at opposition
22 Dec – Ursid meteor shower peaks 23:00EST; minor shower of 5-10 meteors/hour; best from moonset to dawn today or the 23rd. While the shower lasts for about a week the peak is only about 12 hours long.
22 Dec – minor planet 9 Metis (mag 8.4) at opposition
25 Dec – Callisto (mag 6.2) visible off Jupiter’s north pole (23:30EST)
26 Dec – Full Moon 19:33EST
28 Dec – minor planet 5 Astraea (mag 9.3) at opposition
30 Dec - 2 moon shadows on Jupiter, 17:10-18:52EST
Mercury (mag -0.2) will be visible very low in the SW just after sunset for a week or so around the 9th.
Saturn (mag 0.9) transits low in the south during evening twilight and sets mid evening.
Neptune (mag 7.9) transits just after the end of evening twilight and sets about midnight
Jupiter (mag -2.7) is visible most night transiting high in the south in the early evening.
Uranus (mag 5.6) is visible almost all night transiting high in the south about 10PM and sets before morning twilight.
Venus is in Libra at mag -4.1, rises in a dark sky and is low in the SE at the start of morning twilight.