(66° from Sun) at 9h UT. Mag. +0.7.
at 9:03 UT.
at greatest elongation
east (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mag. -0.4.
near the Pleiades
(evening sky) at 13h UT.
(closest to Earth) at 23:27 UT (358,461 km; angular size 33.3').
very near Aldebaran
(evening sky) at 3h UT. Occultation visible from USA, Mexico and
of Aldebaran (IOTA)
at 00:06 UT.
peaks at 17h UT. Major activity lasts 22 hours. Produces bright,
medium-speed meteors at its peak (up to 80 meteors/hour). Most
reliable meteor shower. Easy to observe (radiant shown on sky
map). Best seen after midnight, but moonlight interferes badly
the Geminids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
very near Regulus
(morning sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from southwest
of Regulus (IOTA)
at 1:56 UT.
at 10:44 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest
south of the celestial equator marking the start of winter in
the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
(morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. -1.9.
(morning sky) at 2h UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 405,870 km; angular
(16° from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +0.5.
at inferior conjunction
with the Sun at 19h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)