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What's Up? -DECEMBER 2021

Each month I highlight a number of objects you can spot with the naked eye. So here we go for December!



The elusive planet can be spotted this month,. It hugs the sun of course so you must be carful and never use optical equipment.

It is always difficult to spot but this month it is close to Venus shortly after sunset so Venus can be used as a 'marker'.

The later in the month the better and on the 29th December Venus and Mercury will be close together with Mercury setting about an hour and a quarter after sunset.

Courtesy of Stellarium

It is best seen later in the month just after sunset looking south-south west.


Venus is also best seen just after sunset and again do not use optical equipment given it is so close to the sun. It is best seen early in the month in a south-south westerly direction.

Venus just after sunset on the 6th December above a crescent moon

Courtesy of Stellarium

The Gas Giants - Jupiter and Saturn


is a very bright object and will reach its highest elevation this month, around 23 degrees. By the end of the month the sun is still up as Jupiter reaches this high point with the planet setting about 4.5 hours after the sun. look South!


Look just west of south and not far from Jupiter in early twilight.

The Challenge

See if you can spot all four planets this month at once! -This is best toward the end of December and let me know if you manage to see this beautiful sight!

Enjoy the night sky this month and let me know about your observations

Thank you for reading this blog and do let me know if there is anything you would like me to add to my Newsletter each month.

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