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Whats up in the Sky 2018 December

WIth no regular meeting to announce these items, here they are!

  • Dec 1-17 – Comet 46P/Wirtanen culminates (highest in the sky) late evening
    • could be as bright at mag 3 but will likely be very large and diffuse making it hard to see
    • get under dark skies and use naked eye or binoculars
  • Dec 1 – Venus at greatest brilliancy (mag -4.9) in dawn sky
  • Dec 3 – waning crescent Moon near Venus in dawn sky
  • Dec 5 – variable star Algol at minimum 19:34EST
  • Dec 6 – extremely thin crescent Moon (about 20 hours before new) in dawn sky
  • Dec 6 & 7 – Mars and Neptune < 1/3 degrees apart in evening sky
  • Dec 7 – New Moon
  • Dec 8 – thin crescent Moon near Saturn in evening sky
  • Dec 12 – Comet 46P/Wirtanen at perihelion
  • Dec 13 – Geminid meteor shower  How to Image with DSLRs: https://kingston.rasc.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/MeteorShowerDSL...
    • start viewing after Moon set about 22:30, at their best just before dawn
    • come to the Annual Dinner, discuss your plans, and be home in time to set up cameras and observing equipment
  • Dec 16 – Comet 46P/Wirtanen near Pleiades and at its closest approach to Earth
  • Dec 19-22 – asteroid 6 Hebe transits through the outer edge of the Rosette Nebula
  • Dec 21, 17:23EST – Winter Solstice, longest night of the year
  • Dec 22 – Full Moon
  • Jan 3 – Earth at perihelion – 147099761km
  • Jan 3 – Quadrantid meteor shower peaks mid-evening – perhaps the best shower of 2019!  How to Image with DSLRs: https://kingston.rasc.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/MeteorShowerDSL...
  • Jan 6 – New Moon 
  • Jan 6 – extremely difficult very thin 20 hour old crescent Moon on western horizon immediately after sunset

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