Comet 46P/Wirtanen is closest to the sun today. It’ll be closest to Earth next week. With the moon waxing and casting more light in the sky, the time to see the comet is now. Charts, tips and other info here.
#1. Geminid meteor numbers tend to intensify as evening deepens into late night, with the greatest number of meteors likely falling an hour or 2 after midnight. That’s true no matter where you are on the globe.
By Larry Sessions in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|1 week ago
The Large Magellanic Cloud, which is visible to the unaided human eye, might look like a small, faint bit of the Milky Way that’s broken off. But really it’s a separate small galaxy, thought to be orbiting our larger Milky Way.
In December, 2018, the dazzlingly bright object up before the sun is Venus. Mercury and Jupiter join Venus in the east before sunup, around mid-December. Saturn sets soon after sunset. Mars stays out until around midnight.
Venus and the bright star Spica have been near each other for some days, and will remain so for a few days longer. We’re now in the middle of the best time to see them near each other in the east before sunup.