December 2022

This Month’s Sky

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It will be another fabulous planet viewing month in our evening sky! Head out one hour after sunset and look high in the south. Brilliant Jupiter will catch your eye. Saturn is low in the southwest and sets earlier each night. Turn to the opposite part of the sky or east and you will see bright red, orange Mars (Illustration 1). We will have a special present on Christmas Eve, 30 minutes after sunset. Low in the southwestern sky we will have a beautiful grouping of the Crescent Moon, Venus and Mercury (Illustration2).

On December 21st, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, or the first day of winter, here in the Northern Hemisphere. Although this begins the winter season, when we step out on a clear night, the brightest stars of the year put on a dazzling show for us! Also, we welcome back our most magnificent picture in the stars, Orion, the Hunter 

Around 7:00 pm we will begin our hike. We need to put on our winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots. Grab your Starry Trail map and binoculars and let’s enjoy the brightest stars of the year and fabulous star hopping!

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Here’s what you’ll need to start exploring tonight’s sky:

Starry Trails

This narrative explains where to look and how to identify stars, deep sky objects, constellations, planets!

Starry Map

Your simple sky map to locate stars, planets and constellation positions.

Starry Trail Map

While using the narrative, this is your visual guide on starting point and the monthly adventure through the night sky. 

Illustrations

Will show you the position of the constellations and help you seek them out

Starry Checklist

This will help you keep track of everything you view in this month’s night sky. 

Starry Trails Audio

Take Starry Trails with you!
Listen to Suzie as she helps you navigate your journey thru the stars!!

Starry Trails Video Archive

Plus, Hoover-Price Planetarium, Canton OH – Videos
Host Suzie Dills provides a look at the celestial highlights in the night sky!

 Make sure you check the sky chart in your area to make sure there are clear skies!
Clear Sky Cleveland Chart

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I’m VERY excited to share my children’s books with everyone!

Stella’s Starry Adventures!
Join Stella, as she takes you on an adventure through the night sky!
Kids will love learning about the constellations and more with Stella as their guide!

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