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Best Stargazing Events of December 2014 (Sky Map Gallery)

Uranus and the Moon, Dec, 28, 2014

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Sunday, Dec. 28, midnight EST. The waxing gibbous moon again passes just north of the planet Uranus. Observers in northeastern Asia, Alaska, and northern Canada will see the moon occult Uranus, as in this view from Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

Mercury, December 2014

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Mercury is too close to the sun to observe all month.

Venus, December 2014

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Venus reappears as an “evening star” in the southwestern sky just after sunset at the beginning of the month.

Mars, December 2014

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Mars moves from Sagittarius into Capricornus on the 4th low in the southwestern sky, moving behind the sun. Mars is at its closest to the sun (perihelion) on the 12th, and spring is well advanced in its southern hemisphere.

Jupiter, December 2014

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Jupiter now rises in mid-evening in the constellation Leo, and shines brightly in the southern sky the rest of the night. A two-month series of double shadow transits begins on Dec. 8.

Saturn, December 2014

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Saturn reappears in as a “morning star” in Libra in the southeastern dawn sky.

Uranus, December 2014

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Uranus is well placed in Pisces in the evening sky, setting after midnight. Two close approaches by the moon on the 1st and 28th will make it easy to spot.

Neptune, December 2014

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Neptune is in the early evening sky in Aquarius, setting in late evening.

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