Sky Highlights - December 2016

The Planets
This Month's Guide

Algol Minima
Algol eclipse dates and times for December 2016

Northern Hemisphere
Evening
West:- Venus (mag. -4.2)
Southwest:- Mars (mag. +0.6 to +0.9)
South:- Neptune (mag. +7.9)
Southeast:- Uranus (mag. +5.8)
Midnight
West:- Neptune
Southwest:- Uranus
Morning
East:- Jupiter (mag. -1.8)

Southern Hemisphere
Evening
West:- Venus, Mars, Mercury (mag. -0.5 to +0.5 first 3 weeks)
Northwest:- Neptune
North:- Uranus
Midnight
West:- Uranus
Morning
East:- Jupiter, Saturn (mag. +0.5 very end of month)

Deep Sky
Naked eye / binoculars:-
Messier 45 - M45 - The Pleiades (Open Cluster)
The Hyades - Open Cluster
NGC 869 and NGC 884 - The Double Cluster - Open Clusters
Messier 31 - M31 - Andromeda Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy)
Messier 42 - M42 - The Great Orion Nebula (Emission/Reflection)

Small telescopes:-
NGC 457 - Owl Cluster - Open Cluster
Messier 103 - M103 - Open Cluster
Messier 36 - M36 - Open Cluster
Messier 37 - M37 - Open Cluster
Messier 38 – M38 - Open Cluster

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