12 sights of Christmas: astronomy observing targets for the festive season

An article by Vatican Observatory director Br. Guy Consolmagno was featured on the BBC’s Sky at Night on Nov. 22, 2019.  In the article, Br. Guy reveals his top 12 targets to observe in the night sky this Christmas!

The full article on Sky at Night includes images and comments for each object, and equipment needed to view them.

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