Mercury is beginning to brighten but it’s still lost in the glare of the Sun. It reaches superior conjunction with the Sun on December 8th and will emerge from the evening twilight in early January.
Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
Mercury increases in magnitude to -1.0. (99% illuminated, apparent diameter 4.7”. Libra, not visible.)
The Phoenicid meteor shower begins. (Maximum Zenith Hourly Rate: Variable)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.