Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LOOK UP! - Night Sky December 2012

Look up and if the weather allows, you will be able to see all the plnets of the solar system. Four of these planets start off in the night sky. Do you remember from school the sentence: My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Names? (Or if Pluto was still in planet status it was Mt Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets.) If you didn't, think about it. Take the first letter of each word: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto if you would like.

Early December is when you should be able to catch Venus, the sky’s brightest planet, and Mercury, the innermost planet at early dawn. Venus and Mercury fall toward the glare of morning twilight for all December while Saturn slowly moves away from it - rising several hours before dawn by the end of the month.

The reason you can watch the entire planetary systems is because this all cumulates in a planetary alignment on Dember 21st. YES. The same date as the end of the Mayan calendar. It denotes the end of a planetary cycle and hopefully not the end of the earth as some are suggesting.

If that isn't exciting enough for you the watch tonight (12/12/12) for an asteroid that will pass near to the Earth.(Toutatis) A close call at 4.3 million miles. The SLOOH camera (as mentioned last time) will first start it's webcast at 3pm today from its scope in the canary islands then at 10 pm a webcast from Arizona. The website again is:

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