Merry Sol Invictus! The Feast of Christmas started in the Fourth Century by Christians to celebrate the Sun's movement past that season of darkness with a promise of New Life and Light to come. Lot's of gifts exchanged and food consumed over the past weekend. We can work off the celebrations with fair skies and clear nights this last week of 2011! A clear, cold night will start us off with Venus and a Crescent Moon Monday evening. At seven degrees apart use the binoculars to scan the scene. Alpha Capriconi is near the moons right or upper right and is a double star. Tuesday evening we get a second shot at this scene. If you are using a scope, be sure and check out Jupiter this week for the GRS and Moon crossings! The bright wandering star is high in the South at 9pm. Near by, you can spot the planet Uranus, not far from Jupiter and is worth a look in a telescope because of its intense teal color. It will not be very bright, but you will be able to see it is round and not just a blue-green speck of light.
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