“The three dimensional reality of our universe comes alive in a graceful celestial ballet as the Moon swings through the Earth's shadow.“
Object #2: Orion Nebula
Galileo observed a grouping of stars in the trapezium region of the Orion Nebula and from his sketches, we are able to see that the grouping of stars is in fact the Orion Nebula.
The Orion Nebula’s glowing gas surrounds stars at the edge of a huge interstellar molecular cloud 1500 light years away.
The stellar winds from stars create bubbles and arcs and bowl shaped appearances.
Next time you view the Orion Nebula, try to notice the three star belts and star hanging from the belt.
The Orion Nebula is going to be amazingly interesting to see in December because this is the best month to see it.
The Orion Nebula is the best and easiest thing to observe through a telescope.
Object #3: Geminids Meteor Shower
Most reliable meteor shower of year
Characterized by multicolored display
65% white, 26% yellow, 9% blue, red and green
Parent Comet: 3200 Phaethon
Called Geminids because they appear around the constellation Gemini
Appeared suddenly in the early 1860’s
Number of meteors have increased from about 14 meteors per hour when first observed to 50-80 meteors per hour now
WHY NOW?/HOW TO LOCATE
Geminids occur this time of year, when Earth passes through the trail left by a comet as it passed by our orbit
Meteors from the Geminids can begin to be seen around Dec. 6th
Peak is on the night of Dec. 13th
Meteors will begin to appear frequently that night around 9-10 pm
The best viewing time will be after moonset
Climax of shower will be around 2 am
Shortest day of the year in the north and longest day in the south
The axis of the earth (North pole) is pointed away from the sun so no matter how much it spins no light will reach the north
The south will have sunlight all day and it’s a good time to see midnight sun
Total lunar eclipse is happening the same day
Many stars and constellation should be visible to us fairly early
It will happen December 21st
According to Gregorian calendar a Dec. 21st solstice hasn’t occurred since 1903 and wont happen till 2063
Taurus Constellation of a bull head with the horns Made up of about 20 different stars Bull is a sign of strength Very large constellation Found In northeast hemisphere Between Aries and Gemini Three major things to look for is the stars Hyades, Aldebaran and Pleiades