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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: December 2000

December Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 00007 pm
(Nov. 30)
2 Uranus is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 01008 pm
(Dec. 1)
4 FIRST QUARTER 040011 pm
(Dec. 3)
4 Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pluto and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 14009 am
9 Saturn is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon. 170012 noon
10 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 08003 am
11 Saturn is 1 degree 6 minutes north of the Moon. 01008 pm
(Dec. 10)
11 FULL MOON 09004 am
11 Venus is 3 degrees south of Neptune. 21004 pm
12 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 22005 pm
18 LAST QUARTER 01008 pm
(Dec. 17)
20 Mars is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 07002 am
21 Solstice. 14009 am
23 Venus is 1 degree three minutes south of Uranus. 21004 pm
23 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 23006 pm
25 NEW MOON (Eclipse) 170012 noon
25 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 19002 pm
28 Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 18001 pm
28 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 15008 am
29 Uranus is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 10005 am
29 Venus is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon. 22005 pm

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