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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: December 2001

December Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 Saturn is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 02009 pm
(Nov. 30)
3 Jupiter is 1 degree 6 minutes south of the Moon. 11006 am
3 Saturn is at opposition, that is, Saturn and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth. 14009 am
4 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 22005 pm
6 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 23006 pm
7 Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pluto and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 040011 pm
(Dec. 6)
7 LAST QUARTER 20003 pm
14 NEW MOON
Eclipse
21004 pm
17 Saturn is 4 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. 170012 pm
(noon)
18 Neptune is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 07002 am
19 Uranus is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 12007 am
20 Mars is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 20003 pm
21 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 13008 am
21 Solstice 19002 pm
22 FIRST QUARTER 21004 pm
25 The asteroid Juno appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 21004 pm
28 Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 08003 am
30 FULL MOON
Penumbral Eclipse
11006 am
30 Jupiter is 1 degree 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 14009 am

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