THE BIG SKY

Canal Boat - - Boaters Break - with Seb Jay

Fol­low­ing on from last month’s head­line gath­er­ing of Mars, Nep­tune and the Moon boaters with a keen stargaz­ing eye have more ce­les­tial meet­ings to tar­get in this year’s count­down to Christ­mas.

Early ris­ers on the morn­ing of 3rd De­cem­ber get a daz­zling view of Venus and a thin cres­cent moon hang­ing low in the south-east be­tween 6am and 7am; a very pho­to­genic scene ahead of sun­rise.

A gath­er­ing of shoot­ing stars from 12th - 14th De­cem­ber of­fers sky watch­ers a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. The Gem­i­nids me­teor shower will be in full swing on those nights. Sim­ply step out­side and look up to­wards your south-east from 8pm on­wards to watch the show. On the 14th too the Moon meets Mars…again. Look low down to­wards the south-west early evening for the best view. It’s an easy-to-see gath­er­ing with Mars shin­ing brightly as a red-yel­low ‘star’ above the moon.

More of a chal­lenge is the ce­les­tial en­counter that lies in wait at dawn on the short­est day. A pair­ing of Jupiter and Mer­cury shine low down to­wards the south-east hori­zon shortly af­ter 7am on 21st De­cem­ber.

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