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USPS Star Calendar for 4-10 December 27 November 2011

Posted by amedalen in December 2011.
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4 Dec    Jupiter is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s left or lower left tonight. The moon is two-thirds illuminated.

5 Dec    Tonight Jupiter is only 4 finger-widths to the moon’s left.

6 Dec    The moon passes Jupiter tonight 3 finger-widths to the planet’s upper left. The moon is at apogee 63.56 Earth-radii, or 405,000 kilometers, away.

7 Dec    Late tonight, the moon is high in the southeast between Jupiter, 1.5 fist-widths to the right or upper right, and the Pleiades, 1 fist-width to the lower left. Orion is to the lower left, closer to the horizon.

8 Dec    The Pleiades Cluster is only 1 finger-width to the upper left of the nearly full moon, making viewing difficult.

9 Dec    Using binoculars, look for magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right late tonight. The Pleiades Cluster is more than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, making viewing much easier.

10 Dec    The total lunar eclipse will appear as a partial eclipse in most of the United States. The best viewing will be in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. Full moon at 1436 UT

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