The sun entered the constellation Sagittarius on December 18, 2020. It’ll cross into the constellation Capricornus on January 20, 2021. Look here for dates of the sun’s entry into the zodiacal constellations for 2021.
In late December – and in January and February – our evening sky faces away from the Milky Way’s star-rich center. We look toward the depths of space beyond our galaxy’s boundaries and toward some close, bright stars in our local spiral arm.
Jupiter and Saturn – the 2 biggest planets in our solar system – are very close together on December 21. Will they look like one star? Some answers here. Plus, possible astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem or Christmas star.
Posted by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials | Earth|4 weeks ago
Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. December solstice 2020 arrives on December 21 at 10:02 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!
Posted by Larry Sessions in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|1 month ago
The Large Magellanic Cloud is a petite galaxy visible with the unaided eye – all year round – for those in the Southern Hemisphere. This small neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way is somewhere between spiral and irregular in shape.