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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. Astronomy is an outdoor nature hobby. For an easy constellation guide to the evening sky, use the map in the center of Sky & Telescope magazine.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 8 – 16 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever.

    The post Fantastic Year for Geminid Meteor Shower appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. Now that the Pleiades and Aldebaran are up in due east, can Orion be far behind? Orion's entire iconic figure, formed by its brightest seven stars, takes about an hour and a quarter to cross the horizon below them.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 1 – 9 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. As you'll hear in December's astronomy podcast, early risers are treated with views of Jupiter (obvious), Mars (not as easy), and Mercury (timing is everything!).

    The post Tour December’s Sky: See 3 Planets at Dawn appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. The parent asteroid of next month's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.

    The post Asteroid 3200 Phaethon: Geminid Parent at Its Closest and Brightest! appeared first on Sky & Telescope.