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Sun, Moon, and Stars: December 2001

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. 0200 9 pm
(Nov. 30)
3 Jupiter is 1 degree 6 minutes south of the Moon. 1100 6 am
3 Saturn is at opposition, that is, Saturn and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth. 1400 9 am
4 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 2200 5 pm
6 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 2300 6 pm
7 Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pluto and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0400 11 pm
(Dec. 6)
7 LAST QUARTER 2000 3 pm
14 NEW MOON
Eclipse
2100 4 pm
17 Saturn is 4 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. 1700 12 pm
(noon)
18 Neptune is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 0700 2 am
19 Uranus is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 1200 7 am
20 Mars is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 2000 3 pm
21 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 1300 8 am
21 Solstice 1900 2 pm
22 FIRST QUARTER 2100 4 pm
25 The asteroid Juno appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 2100 4 pm
28 Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 0800 3 am
30 FULL MOON
Penumbral Eclipse
1100 6 am
30 Jupiter is 1 degree 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 1400 9 am