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December Sky Watch Report with Mr. Lutken

The Sky Watch December 2020

November was very dry but turned cooler after the rain around Thanksgiving. The colors are great this year! 

 At the Quarry:  Hawks are moving through, wild ducks and Kinglets are here, and the best time of the year for stargazing has arrived!

Evening Skies: Saturn and Jupiter, are low in the southwest after sunset, and will put on a great show as they draw close together for the month. Mars is up in the evening in the east and crosses the sky through the night. The winter stars, Orion, the Pleiades, Sirius and company, rise around 8-9.

Full Moon on the night of the 29th.

Morning Skies:   Venus is the bright morning star for the month. The spring stars, the Big Dipper, Arcturus, and Spica are up in the east, rising earlier each day. 

December 21st is the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice. In the last reading of the Lessons and Carols it says: 

".....and the light shined in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not."

Van Gogh got it!

Head outdoors on a cold winter's night and check out the Christmas stars!!  PKL