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The Starry Skies of December
(Hover over the stars to see the constellations, click to find out more)

explore Perseus explore Andromeda
explore Andromeda
explore Taurus explore Triangulum explore Pisces
explore Aries
explore Taurus
explore Orion explore Taurus
explore Cetus explore Pisces
explore Cetus
Typical view 2 hours after sunset looking due South. A fist at arms length is 10 degrees across.
December hosts the longest night of the year, the Solstice of the 21st. Perseus the saviour of Andromeda flies high overhead. Look for the double cluster that marks the handle of his sword, an easy binocular target. Andromeda herself is due South and home to the great galaxy M31, the furthest object visible with the naked eye. Taurus is host to two fine open clusters, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters and the Hyades that mark the V shaped head of the Bull. The mighty Orion dominates the South East with his colourful presence and ever ready hunting bow.