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Feast of St. Nicholas.
Feast of St. Nicholas.
Dec 6 all-day
Feast of St. Nicholas.
A depiction of Saint Nicholas with his sack standing next to a Nativity Scene. Credit: Wikimedia commons. Saint Nicholas Day, observed on December 5/6 in Western Christian countries and December 19 in Eastern Christian countries, is the feast day of Saint Nicholas. It is celebrated as a Christian festival Continue reading →
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Feast of St. Lucia (Sweden), festival of light.
Geminid Meteor Shower.
Geminid Meteor Shower.
Dec 13 all-day
Geminid Meteor Shower.
Geminid Meteor Shower Next period of activity: December 4th, 2020 to December 17th, 2020 Peak: Dec 13-14, 2020 – the Moon will be 0.2% illuminated. The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are Continue reading →
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New Moon (09:17 MST).
New Moon (09:17 MST).
Dec 14 all-day
New Moon (09:17 MST).
By the modern definition, New Moon occurs when the Moon and Sun are at the same geocentric ecliptic longitude. The part of the Moon facing us is completely in shadow then. Pictured here is the traditional New Moon, the earliest visible Continue reading →
Total Solar Eclipse, Southern Chile and Argentina.
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Ursids Meteor Shower.
Ursids Meteor Shower.
Dec 22 all-day
Ursids Meteor Shower.
Ursids Meteor Shower Next period of activity: December 17th, 2020 to December 26th, 2020 Peak: Dec 21-22, 2020 – the moon will be 52% illuminated. The Ursids are often neglected due to the fact it peaks just before Christmas and Continue reading →
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Full Moon (20:28 MST).
Full Moon (20:28 MST).
Dec 29 all-day
Full Moon (20:28 MST).
Full Moon. Rises at sunset, high in the sky around midnight. Visible all night. Moon overview on solarsystem.nasa.gov
Maria M. Kirch died, 1720 (b. 1670).
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Sharpless 239 in Taurus, by Mark Hanson – Stellar Winds Observatory, USA. This eerie cloud of gas and dust lie about 450 light years away in the southern end of the Taurus molecular cloud.