Geminid meteor shower coming soon

Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Star-gazing parties will continue in March.

DECEMBER CELESTIAL CALENDAR:

1. Jupiter rises about 4 a.m. at the start of the month and rises a little earlier each day. Look for it in the southeast after it rises.

2. Mars also rises in the southeast but before Jupiter. At the start of the month, this time period is about 80 minutes but by the end of the month it’s just a few minutes.

3. Mercury and Saturn appear low in the southwest after sunset, but both disappear into the sunset within a week. Mercury moves into the morning sky by the end of the month, but the slower Saturn does not.

4. The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Dec. 14 under a rather moonless sky. The meteors are expected to put on a good show this year.

For more information contact 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2017-12-01