Last minute shopping, dashing about getting things done over the week end has kept everyone busy! Jack Frost is due Christmas Eve….We do have a few Clear nights forecast ahead to try out that new scope! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good clear night.......
Monday, Christmas Eve, will not be clear, we may get showers? We will miss The Moon, nearly full, Jupiter and Aldebaran early in the evening, the Pleiades is there, but hidden by the clouds.
Tuesday, will be clear; we can view a Christmas conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, with Aldebaran right nearby! Jupiter and the Moon are only a degree or two apart, Binoculars show stars of the big, loose Hyades cluster in their background.
Wednesday, the day after Christmas will be clear the Moon is lower left of Jupiter in the evening. The Moon is in the area of Beta and especially Zeta Tauri, the horn tips of Taurus.
Thursday, the clouds come back! Our Full Moon is tonight (exact at Friday morning Central Standard Time). The Moon will be in the top of Orion's dim club, just under the feet of the Castor figure in Gemini, if your sky is clear!
Saturday, as the year 2012 closes, the two leading asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, are still in good binocular range at magnitudes 7.1 and 6.9, respectively. Vesta is near Jupiter and Aldebaran, and Ceres is right between the horns of Taurus not far away. Locate them using Sky and Tel’s finder chart online. The light of the waning Moon will be less and less of an issue in the coming night!
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