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USPS Star Calendar for 1-7 December 24 November 2013

Posted by amedalen in December 2013.
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1 Dec    Low in the east before dawn, the waning crescent moon stands between Mercury, 2 finger-widths to the lower left, and Saturn, 1½ finger-widths above.

3 Dec    Orion climbs above the horizon about an hour after sunset and is high in the south by midnight.

4 Dec    The moon is at perigee, 56.45 Earth-radii (360,000 kilometers) away.

5 Dec     Venus is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left at dusk. Only a few days from its brightest magnitude, Venus should be easy to spot even during daylight. The best time might be a couple of hours before sunset when the moon and Venus are nearly directly south. Depending on your latitude, they should be between 2 to 4 fist-widths above the horizon, higher at southern latitudes, lower at northern latitudes. Be patient. The moon should be easier to spot despite only a sliver being visible. Once you have located the moon, Venus can be found 3 finger-widths to the lower left.

7 Dec     Today has the earliest sunset of the year at 40 degrees north latitude. The date and time vary with latitude and also slightly with longitude.

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