"A Pink Planet and A Red Star For The Holidays"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Dec 07-13

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Throughout most of December, Mercury will be easier than normal to see, as it will appear far enough from the Sun to be seen in early twilight.  On December 25th—Christmas morming—this pink planet will appear near the bright red star Antares.

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On December 17th, Mercury, Antares and a very thin crescent Moon will form a triangle in the morning sky (shown about 45 minutes before Sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes).

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Additionally, the Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak on the morning of December 14th.  The best viewing time is between midnight and dawn.

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.

Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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