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The Sky This Week - Thursday December 27 to Thursday January 3

24 Dec 2012, 19:30 UTC
The Sky This Week - Thursday December 27 to Thursday January 3
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The Full Moon is Friday December 28. Earth is at perihelion on January 2. Jupiter is prominent in the evening sky. In the morning skies Venus is low on the horizon. Saturn is visible high in the morning sky.Morning sky on Sunday December 30 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:15 am local daylight saving time in South Australia. Saturn and Venus are drawing apart, Mercury is just on the horizon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).The Full Moon is Friday December 28. Earth is at perihelion (the closest point to the Sun in Earth's orbit) on January 2.Bright white Venus is now quite low above the eastern horizon, and hard to see from cluttered horizons. Venus looks like a waxing Moon when seen through even a small telescope. Venus is in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Saturn is now readily visible above the eastern horizon before dawn. Saturn climbs higher in the morning sky, becoming easier to see in the morning sky. In the constellation of Libra, it continues to move away from Venus during the week.Mercury is low in the morning sky, but is very difficult to see in the ...

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