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USPS Star Calendar for 23-29 December 16 December 2012

Posted by amedalen in December 2012.
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24 Dec    The Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the left or upper left of the moon tonight. Magnitude -2.8 Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to Jupiter’s lower right.

25 Dec    The heavens have a present for us early tonight as the moon passes within 0.42 degrees of Jupiter in the east. The moon is just below Jupiter, and Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right. The moon is at apogee, 63.67 Earth-radii (406,000 kilometers) away.

27 Dec    Orion and the moon rise at sunset, and by midnight, they dominate the southern sky along with Jupiter 2½ fist-widths to the moon’s right and the Gemini Twins 2 fist-widths to the left. The Big Dipper stands on its handle to the Twins’ lower left.

28 Dec    Procyon is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower right tonight.

29 Dec    Procyon is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right this evening, and the Gemini Twins are the same distance to the upper left.

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