Dec
10
Sun
2017
☾ Last Quarter Moon
Dec 10 @ 2:51 am – 2:51 am
Dec
12
Tue
2017
2018 Astro Calendar Updates Coming Soon!
Dec 12 all-day

Hello, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Canton (canton@gmail.com) will be adding additional 2018 calendar events (meteor showers, etc.) during the last week of 2017. Feel free to email him any suggestions.

If you added this ICS calendar feed as a “subscription” instead of a one-time import, then new events should automatically flow into your calendar once they are made available. Moon phases are already in place.

Was this calendar helpful to you? Visit http://cantonbecker.com/astronomy-calendar/ to see how you can support this project for free.

Dec
13
Wed
2017
Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec 13 all-day

The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning crescent moon will be no match for the Geminids this year. The skies should still be dark enough for an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Dec
16
Sat
2017
C.M. Crockett Public Night and Meteor Observing @ C.M. Crockett Park
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Dec
17
Sun
2017
Great Meadow Public Night @ Great Meadow
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm

See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event.

More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.

Dec
18
Mon
2017
⚫ New Moon
Dec 18 @ 1:31 am – 1:31 am
Dec
21
Thu
2017
Ursids Meteor Shower
Dec 21 all-day

The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for optimal observing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Winter Solstice
Dec 21 @ 11:28 am – 1:28 pm

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, respectively, in the sense that the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a minimum for the year. Of course, daylight saving time means that the first Sunday in April has 23 hours and the last Sunday in October has 25 hours, but these human meddlings with the calendar and do not correspond to the actual number of daylight hours.

If you life in the southern hemisphere, this is your Summer Solstice, celebrating the longest day of the year.

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/WinterSolstice.html

Dec
22
Fri
2017
Mercury Retrograde Ends
Dec 22 all-day

see http://cantonbecker.com/retrograde for details…

Dec
26
Tue
2017
☽ First Quarter Moon
Dec 26 @ 4:20 am – 4:20 am