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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

7:01 A.M.

MOONRISE

8:52 A.M.

SUNSET

4:12 P.M.

MOONSET

6:23 P.M.

DECEMBER SKY EVENTS

Venus excels as a morning star, now at greatest brilliancy at a gorgeous, shadow-casting magnitude -4.9. High at predawn twilight, it's below the Moon on the 3rd. Mercury also begins a good morning apparition, below the Moon on the 5th. On the 6th, Jupiter takes its turn dangling below the crescent Moon. The Geminid meteors should be excellent on the 13th, after the Moon sets at around 10:00 P.M. Zero-magnitude Mars stands above the Moon on the 14th, with both about half-way up the southern sky at nightfall. Jupiter and Mercury hang out together most of the month and are quite close on the 21st, some 10 degrees high, 40 minutes before sunrise. Winter begins with the solstice, on the 21st at 5:23 P.M. ET.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

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FULL MOON NAMES

January

Full Wolf Moon

February

Full Snow Moon

March

Full Worm Moon

April

Full Pink Moon

May

Full Flower Moon

June

Full Strawberry Moon

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FASCINATING FACT

December 7, 1972

On December 7, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17, while on their way to the Moon, took a photo of Earth from about 28,000 miles away. Ever since, our planet has been nicknamed the Blue Marble. Can you guess why? Photo courtesy of Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center; http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov.

This month:

FULL COLD
MOON

December 22, 12:49 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Some Native American tribes called this the Cold Moon. This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.

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SEASONS

For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of seasons and then celebrated with colorful rituals.

Tell Us how you celebrate the different seasons?

Solstices and Equinoxes

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Travel in Time
Visit these ancient seasonal markers:

Stonehenge, England

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Chichén Itzá Mexico

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Chaco Canyon

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CATCH SATURN'S RINGS

Saturn will be especially visible in 2031. Click here if you can't wait.

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Once Upon a Moon...

What image do you see in the full Moon?
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GIANT JUPITER

Jupiterís surface is covered clouds of many colors--red, brown, yellow, and white! The clouds move in light and dark bands around the planet. See Jupiter rotating!

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Did You Know?
On a clear night look up at the sky and connect some stars to create an original constellation. Make up a story about it and share it with other kids.Tell Us


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