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Night Sky Note for December 11, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Jupiter and Venus are both 3 degrees above the horizon two hours and 15 minutes after sunset. Look for Jupiter in the ENE and Venus in the WSW.
Night Sky Note for December 10, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Moon is very close to Uranus. Wait a few day for the Moon to move out of the way and look in the same spot with binoculars to see Uranus.
Night Sky Note for December 9, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Venus sets about 40 minutes after Jupiter rises. Can you spot them both simultaneously?
Night Sky Note for December 8, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Jupiter is near the star Delta Geminorum .Look for Jupiter in the west an hour before sunrise.
Night Sky Note for December 7, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The crescent Moon is in the SSW an hour after sunset.
Night Sky Note for December 6, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Venus is at it's "Greatest Illuminated Extent". Look for Venus at magnitude -4.9 in the southwest an hour after sunset.
Night Sky Note for December 5, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
A thin crescent Moon is to the upper right of Venus. Look to the southwest an hour after sunset.
Night Sky Note for December 4, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A thin crescent Moon is to the lower right of Venus. Look to the southwest an hour after sunset.
Night Sky Note for December 3, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Mercury is 10 degrees to the lower left of Saturn. Look to the ESE 45 minutes before sunrise. Mars is 50 degrees to the upper right of Saturn. Jupiter is shining bright in the west in the mornings sky.
Night Sky Note for December 2, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Venus is shining bright in the evening sky. Look to the southwest after sunset. Can you see the crescent shape in binoculars?
Night Sky Note for December 1, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The old Moon is between Saturn and Mercury. If comet ISON survived its encounter with the Sun. ISON will be to the lower left of Mercury. Look to the ESE 40 minutes before sunrise.
Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions to
John French: frenchj@ msu.edu