Weymouth Astronomy

The Night Sky - December 2019

December nights are full of celestial splendours, not least from the bright and distant stars of Orion that dominate the view towards the south. Look towards the zenith around midnight and one object stands out, the bright star Capella in Auriga. However the light from this star is not from a single star but from two. December also hosts two meteor showers - The Geminid Meteor Shower (14th & 15th) and The Ursid Meteor Shower (22nd & 23rd).

The Night Sky

High Lights of the Month

  • 1st (before dawn): Mercury, Mars and Spica looking towards the southeast
  • 10th (after sunset): After sunset, low in the southwest Venus lies below Saturn
  • 10th (evening): The Moon lies between the Pleiades and Hyades Clusters
  • 12th (before dawn): Mars and the double star Alpha Librae
  • 14th/15th (after midnight): The Geminid Meteor Shower
  • 22nd/23rd (late evenings): The Ursid Meteor Shower

 

Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine