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Was the Christmas Star real?

Was there really a star that led the 3 wise men to Bethlehem?

December solstice 2016 is the 21st

December solstice 2016 arrives on December 21 at 10:44 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!

Solstice tale of two cities

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.

Start watching for Ursid meteors

The Ursid meteor shower is active each year around the December solstice. Start watching this weekend. Peak probably the morning of December 22, under the light of a waning moon.

How to find Geminids’ radiant point

Best way to find the Geminid radiant is to see a meteor! Then trace its path backwards. But what if you want to find the radiant before seeing a meteor?

Geminid meteor shower 2016 ahead

Peak night for the Geminids in 2016 is December 13 (morning of December 14). Best around 2 a.m. Moonlight interferes but these meteors are bright. Maybe you’ll catch a cool photo!

See it! Moon sweeps past Venus

The moon passed Venus Friday evening, but there’s more to come. Wonderful photos here! Thanks to all who submitted. Keep watching this post for more photos.

How long to orbit Milky Way’s center?

One journey of our sun and planets around the center of our Milky Way galaxy is sometimes called a cosmic year. That’s approximately 225-250 million Earth-years.

See it! Moon sweeps past Jupiter

In late November 2016, the waning moon took aim on Jupiter in the predawn sky. It swept closest to it on the morning of November 25. Photos from around the world!

Thanksgiving evening

There’s the sky we can see, and, beyond that, a whole universe of objects we can’t see with the eye alone. Guy Ottewell gives you a way to project outward on this Thanksgiving evening.