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December Night Sky

We now know that Comet ISON did not survive perihelion in any readily observable form. While there are some other, rather faint, comets around, I think it is time to put comet fever behind us and look at more enduring objects! Jupiter shines brightly in the East by mid evening. It is now in Gemini, almost the highest part of the ecliptic, and therefore perfectly placed for UK observers, as it will be all winter. Even binoculars will show its 4 brightest moons, and with a telescope you can see them change position over the course of an evening. You will also see cloud belts; with a telescope of 6”...

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