No matter where you live worldwide, Geminid meteors will fall most abundantly after midnight on December 13 and 14, centered on 2 a.m. local time.
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Depending on where you live on the globe, the waxing crescent moon and planet Venus will pair up most closely for this month on the evening of December 5 or 6. But both evenings will be beautiful.
It doesn’t get any better than this. The young moon is back in the evening sky, right next to Venus at its brightest.
What’s that very bright star or planet in the west after sunset now? It’s the planet Venus, now near its time of greatest brilliancy.
Next meteor shower – the Geminids on the mornings of December 13 and 14. It might be one of the year’s richest showers, if you avoid the moon.
How and when to see the constellation Aries in the night sky, plus info about this constellation in the history of astronomy and in mythology.
The star Hamal, also known as Alpha Arietis, is the brightest star in Aries the Ram. Learn the role this star played in defining the term First Point in Aries.
On these winter evenings, the constellation Cassiopeia appears high in the northeast at nightfall and swings directly over the North Star by 6 to 7 p.m. local clock time.
You can find one of winter’s most famous constellations – Orion the Hunter – plus see the Milky Way tonight.
Venus pops out at dusk. Jupiter rises at early evening, and Mars comes up after midnight. Saturn before dawn. Info and charts here.