The December full moon, historically often known as the Oak Moon, Chilly Moon, Lengthy Nights Moon, and the Moon earlier than Xmas, all the time shines in or close to the celebs of Taurus. Because it’s reverse the solar on this present day of the lunar month, the moon is totally illuminated and rises at sundown and units at dawn. Full moons through the winter months at mid-northern latitudes attain as excessive within the sky because the summer season noonday solar and solid comparable shadows. On Thursday night, the complete moon may also move inside two finger-widths to the decrease proper (or 2 levels to the celestial south) of the wealthy, open star cluster Messier 35. To see that cluster’s stars regardless of the brilliant moonlight, place the moon simply outdoors your telescope’s medium-power area of view (purple circle).
- Tuesday, December 10 after sundown — Venus Passes Saturn
- Friday, December 13 all evening — Comet PANSTARRS passes NGC 1528