Jeff Benuzzi's Observing Recommendations
Jeff Benuzzi is an amateur astronomer and ham
Moon near Castor at 21h UT (morning sky).
Moon near Beehive Cluster M44 (morning sky) at 4h UT.
• Beehive_Cluster (Wikipedia)
• M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
Moon near Regulus at 20h UT. (morning sky)
• Regulus (Wikipedia)
Last Quarter Moon at 0:37h UT
Moon near Spica at 18h UT (morning sky).
• Spica (Wikipedia)
Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20:43 UT (distance 361,773 km; angular size 33.0').
Geminid Meteor Shower peaks in a broad maximum centred at 1h UT. Produces bright, medium-speed meteors at its peak (up to 80 meteors/hour). Most reliable annual meteor shower. Easy to observe (radiant on sky map). Best after midnight.
• Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
• Geminids (NASA)
• Geminids of the North (APOD)
Total Solar Eclipse from 14:32 to 17:54 UT, greatest eclipse at 16:13 UT (duration 2m 10s). Totality visible along narrow path crossing the South Pacific, Chile, Argentina and South Atlantic. Partial eclipse in South America and Antarctica.
• Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 December 14 (GIF) (NASA)
• Solar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr. Eclipse)
• NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
|14||New Moon at 16:18 UT. Start of lunation 1212.|
Moon, Jupiter and Saturn within a circle of diam. 3.0° (evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. −2.0 and 0.6.
• Jupiter (Wikipedia)
• Saturn (Wikipedia)
|17||Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 6h UT.|
December solstice at 10:01 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest south of the celestial equator marking the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
• December Solstice (Wikipedia)
Jupiter 0.10° SE of Saturn at 19h UT (30° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. −2.0 and 0.6.
• The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (BBC Sky at Night)
• Jupiter and Saturn come together in a 'once in a lifetime' show (ABC Science)
|21||First Quarter Moon at 23:41 UT.|
Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. −0.4.
• Mars (Wikipedia)
|24||Moon at Apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 405,012 km; angular size 29.5').|
Moon near the Pleiades at 2h UT (evening sky).
• The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
Moon near Aldebaran at 20h UT (evening sky).
• Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
|30||New Moon at 3:29 UT.|
|31||Moon near Castorat 3h UT (morning sky).|
|31||Moon near Polluxat 8h UT (morning sky).|
|All times Universal Time(UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT - 6 hours.|
Clear skies till next month
Jeff's Binocular Picks
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