Winter solstice occurs late in the day with New Moon occurring just a few hours later on the 22nd. Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus are almost in alignment.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
12:46 UT – The almost new Moon is north of dwarf planet Ceres. (Ceres: magnitude 8.6. Ophiuchus, Not visible.)
23:04 UT – Winter solstice. Distance to Sun: 0.984 AU.
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.