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Geminid Meteor shower December 13-14; Clear Skies!

Club Meeting - 7 PM December 12

VENUE Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive , Corvallis, OR 97333

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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 3 - Morning: Last full Moon of 2017 shines about 2 degrees to lower right of Aldebaran.

December 8-9 - Night: The waning gibbous Moon is 5 degrees behind Leo, low in the east

December 13 - Dawn: The waning crescent Mooon is 4 to 5 degrees above Mars low in the ESE

December 14 - Dawn: An even slimmer crescent Moon is 9 degrees below Mars and 4 degrees above Jupiter

December 13-14 - All night: Geminids, one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year peaks on this night. A clear skies dance wouldn't hurt.

December 21 - Winter begins at the solstice at 8:28 AM PST (16:28 UT). Longest night of the year.

December 30 - Evening: Look to the east shortly after sunset as a waxing gibbous Moon is only 1/2 degree from Aldebaran.

This Month's Constellation -
This Month's Constellation - Andromeda