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s­tars are born.

To the lo­wer rig­ht of O­ri­on the twins in

Ge­mi­ni are vi­si­ble and from 11:30 to 03:00 on the 14th, the Ge­mi­nid me­te­or sho­wer re­a­ches its max­i­mum. You could look out for it a few days either si­de of the max­i­mum as well.

The G­re­at Sout­hern T­ri­angle is al­so vi­si­ble, com­pri­sing the red su­per gi­ant s­tar Be­tel­geu­se in O­ri­on, Si­ri­us and Pro­cyon (see ske­tch). In a fai­r­ly straig­ht li­ne from the belt s­tars to the Hy­a­des and on to i­siLi­me­la (the P­lei­a­des), then furt­her to the left, is the An­dro­me­da ga­laxy, the re­mo­test ob­ject vi­si­ble to the na­ked eye.

The e­ve­ning sky has few ot­her sig­ni­fi­cant s­tars or con­stel­la­ti­ons vi­si­ble ot­her than the Sout­hern Cross and the Poin­ters very low in the south, just tou­ching the tops of the trees. To the Ven­da pe­op­le, the Sout­hern Cross is kno­wn as T­hut­l­wa - the Gi­raf­fe s­tars - as t­hey gra­ze the tops of the trees.

E­ar­ly ri­sers will see O­ri­on "tip­ped" o­ver and set­ting in the west, whi­le Ve­nus do­mi­na­tes the mor­ning sky in the north-e­ast. The Sout­hern Cross and the Poin­ters are now well up in the south-e­ast.

Hap­py sol­sti­ce, ha­ve a joyous fes­ti­ve se­a­son and may 2019 be e­ver­y­thing you wish it to be.

The sky in De­cem­ber

The Moon as seen in the nort­hern he­mis­p­he­re. (In the sout­hern he­mis­p­he­re we see the sa­me view, just upsi­de do­wn.) Look­ing at the ter­mi­na­tor of the Moon on the 14th, a pair of bi­no­cu­lars will re­veal the­se in­di­ca­ted fe­a­tu­res, cau­sed by sun­lig­ht fal­ling on rid­ges be­t­ween cra­ters. The “E” is a litt­le mo­re chal­len­ging! To the left of the “O” is an X. LO­VE se­a­led with a kiss!

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