This winter, prepare to be amazed as the heavens put on a dazzling show, offering a plethora of celestial events for stargazing enthusiasts! From meteor showers to lunar spectacles, here's a guide to what's in store for our cosmic theater this month:
Winter Stargazing 2023:
Aurora Borealis 🌠
Keep your eyes peeled for the mesmerizing northern lights! There's heightened aurora activity, making it possible to witness this magnificent spectacle as far south as South Dakota. While there's a chance for auroras to be visible in Colorado, it's uncertain until a few hours before the event. Check predictions on Space Weather Live for the "kp" value, indicating potential sightings. Remember to consider cloud cover using the National Weather Service's map for the best viewing experience.
Geminid Meteor Shower 💫
Get ready for a celestial fireworks display! The Geminid meteor shower, peaking on December 13th, 14th, and 15th promises a grand show, with an anticipated 120 meteors per hour. Lie back, look up, and relish this cosmic spectacle, possibly coinciding with the solar eclipse.
Jupiter and Saturn 🪐✨
Jupiter and Saturn take center stage as they both appear in the sky this December. Visible in the southwestern sky post-sunset, these gas giants offer a breathtaking sight. With a good pair of binoculars or telescope, witness Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons.
Upcoming Cosmic Calendar Events 📅
November 27 - Full Moon, known historically as the Beaver Moon.
December 4 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation, a prime opportunity for spotting Mercury in the evening sky.
December 12 - New Moon, perfect for observing faint celestial objects.
December 21 - December Solstice, heralding the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
December 27 - Full Moon, called the Cold Moon due to wintry associations.
For more information and detailed stargazing tips to maximize your celestial experience, and to stargaze with friends and family across the planet visit our post here.
Join us for an incredible journey under the skies, and don't forget to book your spot for our Mile High Astronomy Tour in Denver on November 27th! Click here for more details.
Ready your telescopes and gather your family for a December to remember, stargazing style!
Happy stargazing! 🌠🔭