Planets on parade
December 2005: You don't need a telescope to enjoy the Geminid meteor shower or the bright planets and twinkling winter stars on display this month.
December 1, 2005
|It's easy to appreciate the night sky's beauty without fancy equipment. Just step outside for 5 minutes and look around. About 45 minutes after sunset this month, brilliant Venus rides above the deepening orange twilight in the southwest. Mean-while, the twinkling white star Fomalhaut breaks the quiet of the southern horizon, and the ruddy luster of Mars commands your gaze to the east.|
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