Friday, December 11, 2015

Major Highlights of December 2015

December Astronomical Event

Heads up! A conjunction of the Moon in waning crescent and Venus will be seen on the night sky of December 8, around 4 am along with the visible comet on Catalina (C/2013 US10) located near the right foot of the constellation Virgo and about 3 degrees away from the moon (left). Note: Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina will still be visible before dawn

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On the night of December 13 till dawn of December 14 , observers will witness the peak or maximum number of meteors emanating from the constellation Gemini that has an expected ZHR (zenithal hourly rate) of ~100.

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Winter Solstice will occur on Dec. 22, 2015, exactly at 4:49 UT (8:48 pm in the Philippines) .It is expected that longer nights and shorter days will be experienced. Throughout the year, the direction of the tilt of the Earth's axis varies because the planet revolves around the Sun. Due to the tilt of the planet, which is about 23.5 degrees, amount of sunlight and time of exposure is uneven throughout the planet that causes seasons.
for details and updates: RTU DESS 

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