Saturday, December 10, 2005

Night Skies

According to Space, after sunset Sunday night should be interesting for stargazers even without a telescope. Venus should be shining in the South at its "maximum brightness for 2005" and Luna and Mars will be "having a close encounter" in the East. They say that "through a telescope, Venus appears to be a tiny crescent".

If I can just remember for 24 hours, I might get a picture or two.

Tuesday and Wednesday should be the peak of the Geminid meteor shower, but the almost full moon will probably block out most of them. I'm not sure I can get up before dawn when Luna will be "at or below the horizon" (between 5 am and dawn).

Space has some interesting information on a variety of topics like sunspots, auroras, magnetic storms, near Earth asteroids and more.

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