The most prominent events of Astro in the winter of 2021: solar eclipse, comets and star landing!  December is going to be so cool

Concerned astronomers get their money’s worth in December 2021: In addition to the full moon, they can look forward to the falling stars of Gemini, the total solar eclipse and the green comet. You can find all the information about the observation times here.

December has some highlights in store for amateur astronomers.
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Interested astronomers can look forward to the many highlights of the starry sky in December. In addition to the towering stars of the Geminids and full moon Bright awaits comet as well as solar eclipse employment.

The total solar eclipse on December 4, 2021 cannot be observed from Germany

On December 4, 2021, the moon not only reaches the new moon phase, but also pushes itself in front of and eclipses the sun. Unfortunately, the total solar eclipse cannot be observed from Germany. It can be seen only in the southernmost regions of the world.

Geminids in December 2021: Up to 150 falling stars visible per hour

Between December 6-16, 2021, the falling stars of Geminids will blaze in the sky. Meteor showers reach their peak on the night of December 13 to 14. Then up to 150 meteors should appear per hour. The best time to observe should be between 9 pm and 6 am. However, Geminids aren’t the only stream of shooting stars in December: Ursids (December 15-24, 2021) can also be seen shortly before Christmas.

Comet Leonard in December 2021: Poinsettia shines in the sky

However, falling stars are not the only flares that can be seen in the sky. Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) can also be seen through mid-December.In the Northern Hemisphere, C/2021 A1 can be seen in the early morning hours just before sunrise in the southeast sky in the constellation Bootes (Bear Guardian) until December 12.

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December 19, 2021 full moon: What does a frozen snow moon predict?

At exactly 5.35 am, the moon will reach its full moon on December 19, 2021. The day before, the moon was 406,320 kilometers from Earth. By the way, the December full moon has some special nicknames – such as the July moon, the cold moon, and the long night moon. The names came from the observation of natural phenomena. The longest full moon night of the year is in December.

The winter solstice on December 21, 2021 marks the astronomical start of winter

The winter solstice will occur on December 21, 2021. The sun passes at the lowest point in its annual orbit at 4:59 pm. On this day we witness not only the shortest day but also the longest night of the year.

Asteroids XXL in December – an overview of all the rocks near Earth

Giant boulders get close to Earth almost every day – this was also the case in December 2021. Fortunately, most of them are at a safe distance. NASA is still monitoring some of them. Better safe than sorry. After all, a person can leave his or her path and hit the ground. The largest asteroids near Earth in December can be found here:

Noun date distance to earth Diameter
asteroid 4660 Nereus (1982 dB) December 11, 2021 at 3:51 p.m. 3.9 million km 330 meters
Asteroid 163899 (2003 SD220) 11/17/2021, 7:26 PM 5.4 million km 791 m
Asteroid 2016 TR54 December 24, 2021 at 8.30 am 6,5 kilometers 100 – 230 meters
asteroid 2018 e December 27, 2021, 6:27 pm 4.5 million km 84 – 190 meters
Asteroid 2017 AE3 December 29, 2021, 3:54 am 3.5 million km 120 – 260 meters
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