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Moon Lovers, Mark Your Calendars And Save The Dates; December Will Be An Awesome Month For Moon Gazing

First Posted: Nov 30, 2016 03:20 AM EST
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As December comes, the winter begins. It will be on the Dec. 21 at 5:44 a.m. Not only that, but for moon fans mark your calendars as the month gives you a chance to have moon gazing.

As the start of the winter is fast approaching, it will be the longest night of the year and the lowest point in the sky that the Sun will reach for the year 2016. Also, all of the brightest planets, five of them, will be seen this month, along with two meteor showers, another supermoon and most of all a new nova coming from the constellations of Sagittarius, according to The News-Review.

The new nova was recently discovered by an amateur Japanese astronomer. The nova can be seen using binoculars at about magnitude 9 in the constellation Sagittarius between the handle and the spout of the teapot.

It is only more or less 4 degrees to the left and below the planet Venus. However, it is just an ample of time to see the new star because Sagittarius sets just a couple of hours after the sunset.

Now, moon lovers get ready to mark your calendars and save these dates. In a report by The Press Herald, this will be the following dates.

Dec. 3: The Moon will be seen above and to the left of Venus in this evening in Capricornus.

Dec. 4: The Moon will shine to the right of Mars 5 degrees to the right.

Dec. 7: At 4:03 a.m., the first quarter moon will appear.

Dec. 13: The Geminid meteor shower will be at its peak. Also, at 7:05 p.m., the full moon will show. It is also called the Cold, Long Night or Moon before Yule. Not only that but it will also be a supermoon within one day of rotation. However, it will not be as huge as compared to the one last month.

Dec. 20: At 8:56 p.m., the last quarter of the moon will show.

Dec. 21: At 5:44 a.m., it will be the winter solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer will start on this day.

Dec. 22: The Ursid meteor shower peaks.

Dec. 23: Jupiter, the Moon and Spica in Virgo form a line about 9 degrees long this morning.

Dec. 29: At 1:53 a.m., the new moon will appear.

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