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December Sky Watch 2023 With Mr. Lutken

Happy December, Eagles! Retired faculty member and administrator Mr. Lutken offers guidance on what to expect in Mother Nature this month.  

November in Texas was warm one week and cool the next! The leaves are beautiful this fall! 

Winter Solstice is December 21st. It's the shortest day of the year: under 10 hours of sunlight! The long nights are perfect for stargazing.

Evening Skies: Just after sunset, Jupiter shines high in the east. Saturn is to the south near the "Fall Star," Fomalhaut. As darkness falls the Winter stars are rising: Orion, Taurus, and the Gemini, while the Summer Triangle is setting in the west.

Full Moon is on Boxing Day, the 26th.

Morning Skies: Venus is the bright "Morning Star." The Big Dipper, Arcturus, and Spica, stars of late winter and spring follow, rising earlier every day. 

Quarry/Outdoors:  As cold fronts arrive, the colors of the leaves get better and better! They'll begin to blow away after the Solstice. Migrating Ducks and Hawks are arriving every week now, and full time residents, like the Great Blue Heron in the Quarry photo, are all around, hunting in the shallows.

It's a great time of year to get outdoors, take a walk, and take in all the wonders around us as the seasons turn! PKL