Tonight’s Sky for December 2016: Stars, Planets in the Evening Sky


Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In December, Perseus and Cassiopeia dominate the night.

Bright Venus and Mars setting in the southwest sky. The two planets move closer together as the month progresses.

Perseus is located just the left of Pleiades near the Galaxy M34 and high in the sky around midnight.

M-shaped Cassiopeia dominates the night high in the sky.

Jupiter rises in the southeast sky well before sunrise.

Watch for the Geminid meteor shower peaking December 13-14, 2016, but the light of a Full Moon will interfere.

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