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What is in the night sky in December

The last month of the year sees a change in the celestial objects visible in the northern hemisphere to a more proper winter sky, with Orion now rising just as it gets dark here in Tenerife, which sits 28 degrees north of the Equator.
Also, the Milky Way core is now out of view until next February.
There are a lot of very interesting objects to look at, and over the next posts we will go over the ones we see during our stargazing tours, but here is a partial list

  • Albireo the twin star
  • the Andromeda (M31) and Pinwheel (M33) galaxies
  • the Orion nebula (M42)
  • the Crab nebula (M1)
  • the Ring nebula (M57)
  • the Pleiades open cluster (M45)
  • the Aquarius globular cluster (M2)