The December solstice marks the sun’s southernmost point for the year – winter for us in the Northern Hemisphere – summer for friends south of the equator.
Posts by Bruce McClure
At the North and South Poles, sunrise comes at the spring equinox, noon at the summer solstice, sunset on the autumn equinox and midnight at the winter solstice.
In December, a day – a whole cycle of day and night – is about one-half minute longer than the average 24 hours. That’s true for the entire globe.
As many as 100 Ursid meteors per hour have been seen – but only in short bursts. Expect 5 to 10 meteors per hour.
In December, 2014, Venus out briefly after sunset; Mars up in early evening; Jupiter shines from mid-to-late-evening to dawn; Saturn in the southeast predawn; Mercury lost in the sun’s glare.
Sheliak is a variable star in the constellation Lyra the Harp. Every 6.5 days, you can notice its brightness change.
The 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower is likely to produce the most meteors before dawn January 4, although in the glare of the almost-full moon.
From around the world, the waning crescent moon will pair up with the bright star Spica in the wee hours of the morning on December 16 and 17.
Peak viewing was Saturday night, but, if you look in a dark sky late Sunday until dawn Monday, you might still catch a stray Geminid.
On these long December nights, you can find the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. There are several easy-to-find and very famous star clusters in Auriga.