The chart shows the whole sky, at the times given at the top left of the chart.
The edge of the chart is the HORIZON, and the ZENITH is at the centre.

This chart is for LATITUDE 54 degrees NORTH, and is produced using 'PLANETARIUM GOLD' software.

DECEMBER, 2020

  DECEMBER 2020

SUMMARY 

The phenomena of the month : DECEMBER 2020
Times are given for SCARBOROUGH (0° 25' 5" W, 54° 16' 31" N, zone 0 Universal Time).

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

 


2020 12 02 18:14 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 12 03 05:05 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 03 23:59 Close encounter between the Moon and Pollux (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.2°)
2020 12 04 01:51 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2020 12 04 10:16 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 05 01:50 Close encounter between the Moon and M 44 (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 1.9°)
2020 12 06 01:53 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 06 17:51 Comet 162P Siding Spring at its perihelion (dist. to the Sun = 1.280 AU; magn. = 12.9)
2020 12 07 02:43 Beginning of occultation of 46 Leo (magn. = 5.43)
2020 12 07 03:54 End of occultation of 46 Leo (magn. = 5.43)
2020 12 07 17:47 Opposition of the asteroid 16 Psyche with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.683 AU; magn. = 9.4)
2020 12 08 00:37 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2020 12 08 17:13 Meteor shower : Monocerotids (2 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 20.0 days)
2020 12 08 22:43 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 09 12:34 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 12 09 19:03 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 09 22:29 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 12 11 05:16 Beginning of occultation of 95 Vir (magn. = 5.46)
2020 12 11 06:17 End of occultation of 95 Vir (magn. = 5.46)
2020 12 11 16:01 Meteor shower : Sigma Hydrids (3 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 12.0 days)
2020 12 11 18:22 Opposition of the asteroid 79 Eurynome with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.032 AU; magn. = 9.9)
2020 12 11 19:32 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 12 20:42 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 361773 km)
2020 12 13 06:55 Beginning of occultation of 8-beta1 Sco, Graffias, (magn. = 2.60)
2020 12 13 06:55 Beginning of occultation of 8-beta2 Sco (magn. = 4.52)
2020 12 13 07:26 End of occultation of 8-beta2 Sco (magn. = 4.52)
2020 12 13 07:27 End of occultation of 8-beta1 Sco, Graffias, (magn. = 2.60)
2020 12 13 15:41 Comet 141P Machholz at its perihelion (dist. to the Sun = 0.793 AU; magn. = 8.3)
2020 12 13 20:06 Meteor shower : Geminids (120 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 12.0 days)
2020 12 14 09:31 Beginning of occultation of Mercure (magn. = -0.83)
2020 12 14 10:49 End of occultation of Mercure (magn. = -0.83)
2020 12 14 16:17 NEW MOON (total eclipse of the Sun not visible in SCARBOROUGH)
2020 12 14 16:21 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 15 03:51 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 15 14:24 Meteor shower : Coma Berenicids (3 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 11.0 days)
2020 12 16 03:00 Mercury at its aphelion (distance to the Sun = 0.46670 AU)
2020 12 17 00:25 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2020 12 17 02:44 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 12 17 13:10 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 19 12:43 Meteor shower : Dec. Leo Minorids (5 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 61.0 days)
2020 12 19 16:09 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 12 20 03:24 SUPERIOR CONJUNCTION of Mercury with the Sun (geoc. dist. centre to centre = 1.5°)
2020 12 20 05:51 Opposition of the asteroid 13 Egeria with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.393 AU; magn. = 10.0)
2020 12 20 09:59 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 20 12:39 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 20 22:09 Opposition of the asteroid 163 Erigone with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 1.918 AU; magn. = 10.0)
2020 12 21 10:02 WINTER SOLSTICE
2020 12 21 12:13 Opposition of the asteroid 39 Laetitia with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.704 AU; magn. = 9.8)
2020 12 21 18:27 Close encounter between Jupiter and Saturn (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 0.1°)
2020 12 21 19:55 Beginning of occultation of 30 Psc (magn. = 4.37)
2020 12 21 21:02 End of occultation of 30 Psc (magn. = 4.37)
2020 12 21 21:58 Beginning of occultation of 33 Psc (magn. = 4.61)
2020 12 21 23:01 End of occultation of 33 Psc (magn. = 4.61)
2020 12 21 23:41 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2020 12 22 04:19 Meteor shower : Ursids (10 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 9.0 days)
2020 12 23 06:48 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 23 17:59 Close encounter between Venus and Antares (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 5.6°)
2020 12 24 00:57 Close encounter between the Moon and Mars (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 5.5°)
2020 12 24 06:59 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 12 24 16:32 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 405012 km)
2020 12 24 19:38 Beginning of occultation of 65-xi1 Cet (magn. = 4.36)
2020 12 24 20:52 End of occultation of 65-xi1 Cet (magn. = 4.36)
2020 12 25 02:31 Close encounter between the Moon and Uranus (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.6°)
2020 12 25 21:27 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 26 03:37 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 27 16:04 Simultaneous transits on Jupiter: two satellites and shadow of one satellite.
2020 12 27 16:37 Simultaneous transits on Jupiter: one satellite and shadows of two satellites.
2020 12 27 17:46 Close encounter between the Moon and Aldebaran (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.8°)
2020 12 28 21:49 Opposition of the asteroid 52 Europa with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.762 AU; magn. = 10.0)
2020 12 29 00:26 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 29 19:44 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 12 29 23:00 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2020 12 30 03:28 FULL MOON
2020 12 31 06:15 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 31 07:32 Close encounter between the Moon and Pollux (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.6°)
2020 12 31 11:13 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 12 31 21:15 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)

 

 

(Using Coelix Software) 

 



 

SELECTED LUNAR OCCULTATIONS VISIBLE FROM SCARBOROUGH UK THIS MONTH.

Source: 'Coelix' software

The angular diameters of the Planets compared.