||Moon near Saturn (22¡ from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. +0.6.
Moon near Mercury (15¡ from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. -0.7.
||New Moon at 00:21 UT. Start of lunation 1125.
||Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (360,067 km; angular size 33.2').
||Moon near Venus (40¡ from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -4.7.
||First Quarter Moon at 15:12 UT.
||Venus brightest at 2h UT. Mag. -4.7.
||Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 6h UT. Most active for 21 hours from 13h UT Dec 13. Produces bright, medium-speed meteors at its peak (up to 80 meteors/hour). Major meteor shower. Easy to observe (radiant shown on sky map). Best seen after midnight. Moonlight makes viewing conditions less than ideal this year.
||Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 5h UT.
||Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 2h UT.
||Full Moon at 9:28 UT.
||Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. -2.7.
||Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 406,269 km; angular size 29.4').
Moon near Beehive Cluster (morning sky) at 23h UT.
||December solstice at 17:11 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point farthest south of the celestial equator marking the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
||Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 21h UT.
||Last Quarter Moon at 13:49 UT.
||Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.9.
||Moon very near Spica (morning sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible from NW Asia and Scandinavia.
||Moon near Saturn (47¡ from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.6.
||Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 8h UT.
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