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Observing

When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. Learn how chase away the Moon to keep Comet 46P/Wirtanen in a dark sky. Here's an update on the comet's progress and what to look for in the coming nights.

    The post Chasing Comet 46P/Wirtanen as the Moon Looms appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. • Plan ahead: Venus will occult a 6th-magnitude star on the morning of December 21st for parts of eastern and central North America. But this observation will be tricky! See December 20th below. Friday, December 14 • Mars shines above the Moon in early evening. Mars is about twice as big as the Moon in physical diameter, but it's currently 425 times farther away. Look far below them for Fomalhaut. […]

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 14 – 22 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. Move over 46P/Wirtanen, it's time for the Geminids, the richest meteor shower of the year.

    The post Spend an Hour with the Geminid Meteor Shower appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Orion comes into good view low in the east after dinnertime now. And that means Gemini is also coming up to its left.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 7 – 15 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. Want to find Neptune the easy way? Just point your binoculars or telescope at Mars the next few nights, when the two planets will be in close conjunction.

    The post Mars and Neptune Have a Close Shave appeared first on Sky & Telescope.