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Sun, Moon, and Stars: December 2000

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. 0000 7 pm
(Nov. 30)
2 Uranus is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 0100 8 pm
(Dec. 1)
4 FIRST QUARTER 0400 11 pm
(Dec. 3)
4 Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pluto and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 1400 9 am
9 Saturn is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon. 1700 12 noon
10 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 0800 3 am
11 Saturn is 1 degree 6 minutes north of the Moon. 0100 8 pm
(Dec. 10)
11 FULL MOON 0900 4 am
11 Venus is 3 degrees south of Neptune. 2100 4 pm
12 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 2200 5 pm
18 LAST QUARTER 0100 8 pm
(Dec. 17)
20 Mars is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 0700 2 am
21 Solstice. 1400 9 am
23 Venus is 1 degree three minutes south of Uranus. 2100 4 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. 2300 6 pm
25 NEW MOON (Eclipse) 1700 12 noon
25 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 1900 2 pm
28 Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 1800 1 pm
28 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 1500 8 am
29 Uranus is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 1000 5 am
29 Venus is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon. 2200 5 pm