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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

7:07 A.M.

MOONRISE

2:13 A.M.

SUNSET

4:13 P.M.

MOONSET

1:19 P.M.

DECEMBER SKY EVENTS

The Moon hovers just above greenish Uranus at nightfall on the 1st. Use binoculars. The 13th brings the year’s best meteor shower, the Geminids. A meteor every minute or two should appear in dark rural skies between 8:00 and 11:00 P.M. After 11:30, the unwelcome Moon will rise to brighten the heavens. Winter begins with the solstice on the 21st, at 6:03 P.M. EST. After that date, Jupiter starts rising by 8:30 P.M. and is nicely high after 10:00 P.M.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

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TODAY 17 

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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

Full Cold Moon

This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.

This month:

FULL COLD
MOON

December 6, 7:27 A.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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 Exploratorium

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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

Jupiter’s 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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