Don’t miss any key December 2020 night sky events or witchy happenings – make sure you bookmark this web page so you can refer back to this handy list.
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December 2020 night sky events
We’re in for a treat on the 13th-14th (hopefully!) with the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids. Fingers crossed for clear skies as this one produces up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak. And we’re lucky to have a dark sky, courtesy of the new moon, to make things easier to see. There’s not much to do during these Covid nights so why not get a blanket, hot flask and look upwards towards the spectacular show in the sky?
If you’d like to learn more about how best to view a meteor shower then read this great article from Time and Date.
December New Moon in Saggitarius
New Moon in Sagittarius occurs on the 14th along with a total eclipse of the sun. But it’s not visible in the UK [sigh]. Still, we’ll feel the energy impact, regardless.
If you want to keep track of which phase the moon is in each day then here’s a useful page for you at Moon Giant.
Yule/ Winter Solstice & loads more on the 21st Dec
Then it’s a bumper day on the 21st with Yule/ Winter Solstice, a rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (so close that they’ll look like a double planet) and the Ursids meteor shower. There won’t be too many shooting stars though, only up to 5-10 per hour. Still, at least we can now rejoice in the fact that the longest night has passed and we’re now on a home-run into spring and more daylight (in the northern hemisphere, at least).
I’m going to write more about Yule soon but, in the meantime, here is some background on the pagan festival from one of my favourite sites Learn Religions.
December Full Moon in Cancer
Finally, we’ll see the year out with the last full moon of the year (in Cancer) on the 29th December. Good riddance 2020, eh? Let’s release all those negative vibes and start 2021 off with our positive pants on.
If you’d like to observe the moon from the comfort of your home then there are loads of virtual events listed here on NASA’s website.
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