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Welcome to the home of the Heart of the Valley Astronomers in the central Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to sharing our passions for the
night sky with the local community. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. We also regularly schedule star parties, technical assistance
and educational outreach for public and private groups. Send an email to the club for outreach information.
DECEMBER CELESTIAL EVENTS
December 4 - Early morning: Venus is between the Moon and Spica
December 13 - 14 - All night: The Geminid meteor shower peaks early in the morning of the 14th. The waxing crescent Moon is not a factor.
December 14 - Evening: The Moon and Mars are less than 4 degrees apart; they'll set together in the west before midnight.
December 16 - Night: Comet 46P/Wirtanen is closest to Earth at 7.16 million miles. Visible in binoculars for sure. Will it be naked eye visible? Stay tuned.
December 20 - 21 - All night: The almost full Moon is in the Hyades.
December 21 - Dawn: Jupiter and Mercury are less than 1 degree apart low in the southeast before sunrise.
December 21 - The longest night of the year; winter begins at the solstice, at 2:23 pm PST
This Month's Constellation - Andromeda