ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2010


Dec 1: The Moon is about 10.5 degrees W-SW of Saturn in the East before dawn

Dec 1: Mercury Greatest Elongation

Dec 2: The Moon is just 3.5 degrees West of Spica in the East before dawn






Dec 3: The Moon is 8 degrees SE of Venus in the East before dawn

Dec 5: New Moon

Dec 7: A very thin Waxing Crescent Moon is just 2 degrees NE of Mercury very low in the West-Southwest just after sunset

Dec 13: First Quarter Moon

Dec 13: The Moon is 7 degrees NW of Jupiter

Dec 13-14: A peak time for the Geminids. Geminid meteor maximums commonly reach 50 or more meteors per hour.

Dec 17: Jupiter Eastern Quadrature

Dec 18: A Waxing Gibbous Moon is within 6.5 degrees from M45

Dec 19: Uranus Eastern Quadrature

Dec 20: Mercury Inferior Conjunction

Dec 21: Full Moon

Dec 26: The Moon is 6.5 degrees SE of Regulus

Dec 27: Pluto Conjunction

Dec 28: Last Quarter Moon

Dec 29: The Moon forms a triangle with Spica and Saturn in the East before dawn. Saturn is nearly 8 degrees and Spica is nearly 7 degrees away from the Moon.


Public lecture and General Body

This month's AASTRO Public lecture will be held at Science and Technology Museum, PMG on December 2, 2010, Thursday at 5.30pm. The presentation on "Apple, Newton and Astronomy" will be given by Vaisakhan Thampi, NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram. Students, teachers and all interested public are welcome to this program. For more details please do contact Mr. Pradeep Attukal to 9447525367

The presentation will be followed by the yearly General Body meeting of AASTRO-Kerala and all members are requested to be present at the meeting.

Create your own star map

Many people ask where can they get a starmap to observe and locate objects in the sky. Some  newspapers and magazines publish starmaps which are supposed to be used on a particular day at a particular point of time. As the celestial objects change their position in the sky as time elapses, we have to assume (or predict) their positions at other points of time. Beginners often find it difficult to imagine this shift in position on the celestial sphere. Here we give the link to a website which creates you the starmap of any time of any day observed from any place on earth.

Your Sky is a website which provides you option to create a starmap at the time of your convenience. Just click HERE to go there. You will see a field where you can enter the latitude-longitude of your place. When you click 'make sky map', you will be directed to a page where you will see a skymap and and options to change your preferences. You can specify your time and date of convenience, the objects you want to be displayed in your sky map, the size and colour mode of the map and you will also get the corresponding ephemeris. Just take a print-out and enjoy the sky