Although many of us do not celebrate Christmas, there is a good reason to look to the skies this 25th of December. A chance to see the moon and Jupiter appearing very close together.
The first object I ever found in a telescope myself was the planet Jupiter. Seeing the cloud bands and the tiny white moons surrounding it took my breath away! It is a moment I will never forget. Right now is a great time to look at Jupiter. To find it in the sky, simply look away from the setting sun (towards the southeast) and the bright object you see will be it! You really can’t miss it. The moon will be getting closer to it over the next few days, culminating on a very close appearance in the night sky on December 25th. It will be a nice holiday activity to go outside after 5 pm and see! Happy Holidays to all!