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  • Solstice coming up December 21 December 14, 2017
    December solstice 2017 arrives on December 21 at 16:28 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!
    Deborah Byrd
  • How to see rock-comet 3200 Phaethon December 13, 2017
    You can't see 3200 Phaethon - parent of the Geminid meteor shower and a strange asteroid-comet hybrid - with the eye alone. But backyard telescopes can pick it up. Charts and more here.
    Eddie Irizarry
  • Awesome Geminid meteors in 2017? Thank 3200 Phaethon December 13, 2017
    This mysterious rock-comet is the parent body of the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks on the morning of December 14. It'll brush closely past Earth on December 16.
    Deborah Byrd
  • Don’t miss the Geminids in 2017! December 13, 2017
    The Geminid meteor shower is always reliable, but might be extra special in 2017. Peak morning is likely December 14. Be sure to watch for the moon near the morning planets!
    Bruce McClure
  • Find the Geminid meteors’ radiant point December 10, 2017
    December's Geminid meteor shower radiates from the constellation Gemini the Twins. To see it, look east in mid-evening or overhead by about 2 a.m.
    Larry Sessions
  • Why brighter stars at this time of year? December 8, 2017
    No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you're looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.
    Deborah Byrd

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  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 8 – 16 December 8, 2017
    Astronomy is an outdoor nature hobby. For an easy constellation guide to the evening sky, use the map in the center of Sky & Telescope magazine. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 8 – 16 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert

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