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The 2018 Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to exhibit its narrow peak January 3 around 21-22 hours UTC. The full supermoon nearly coincides, and moonlight will interfere with the shower.
Dog Star Sirius reaches its highest point in the sky around midnight every New Year. For this reason, it might also be called the New Year’s star.
Aldebaran – brightest star in Taurus the Bull – is huge! If it replaced our sun, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.
Some possible astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem or Christmas star.
December solstice 2017 arrives on December 21 at 16:28 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!
Ursid meteor shower active each year around December solstice. In 2017, the peak is probably Friday morning, December 22.
December solstice sunrise comes at the same time for St. Augustine, Florida and New York City. But St. Augustine has an hour more of daylight than New York. Here’s why.
Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually sets more slowly around the time of a solstice.
This asteroid-comet hybrid is why the Geminid meteors put on a good show in 2017. Info and images of the rock-comet here.
Longest lunar month of 21st century (2001 to 2100) starts with December 18 new moon. It’s also the farthest new moon of the year. Coincidence?
Go young moon hunting
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