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Sun, Moon, and Stars: December 2001

Movement of the heavenly bodies: December 2001

 

December Calendar

Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1Saturn is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.02009 pm
(Nov. 30)
3Jupiter is 1 degree 6 minutes south of the Moon.11006 am
3Saturn is at opposition, that is, Saturn and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth.14009 am
4Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.22005 pm
6The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.23006 pm
7Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pluto and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.040011 pm
(Dec. 6)
7LAST QUARTER20003 pm
14NEW MOON
Eclipse
21004 pm
17Saturn is 4 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus.170012 pm
(noon)
18Neptune is 4 degrees north of the Moon.07002 am
19Uranus is 4 degrees north of the Moon.12007 am
20Mars is 4 degrees north of the Moon.20003 pm
21The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.13008 am
21Solstice19002 pm
22FIRST QUARTER21004 pm
25The asteroid Juno appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.21004 pm
28Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.08003 am
30FULL MOON
Penumbral Eclipse
11006 am
30Jupiter is 1 degree 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.14009 am