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MARS in December

Seen within the japanese pre-dawn sky after it rises at about 4:45 a.m. native time, Mars will spend December traversing the celebrities of Libra whereas climbing away from the solar. The Earth-Mars separation will proceed to lower throughout December, however Mars will shine with a modest common magnitude of 1.65 and exhibit a small obvious disk measurement in telescopes. On December 12 Mars will cross a mere 11 arc-minutes to the higher left (or celestial north) of the beautiful double star Zubenelgenubi, making a terrific sight in yard telescopes. The outdated, waning crescent moon can be positioned a palm’s width to the decrease left (or 5 levels to the celestial northeast) of Mars on December 23.

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