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Britain is set to be battered by two bouts of stormy weather that are expected to hit the country over the next few days.
Wind and rain will hit the UK on Friday night and may reach at least 80mph in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.
And more gale force winds are expected to hit parts of the country, especially the north, on New Year's Eve.

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Jupiter, Mercury and Mars at 08:15 am 9th December.

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Jupiter, Mercury and Mars are destined in the coming days to crowd into a small spot in the sky, making for a most intriguing gathering very low in the east-southeast sky.
Between Dec. 7 and 14, the planets Jupiter (magnitude 1.7), Mercury (-0.6) and Mars (+1.5) will fit within a 5-degree circle.
The best time to look for them will be around 6:30 a.m. local standard time.

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Winter begins officially December 21st at 7:22 p.m. and WTOP sky watchers will be busy this month as we have a challenging (but worth while) planetary line-up and the best meteor shower of the year for our enjoyment. Add to that long nights and the arrival of the winter constellations in our sky and you have a true visual feast.

The red long-period variable star R Geminorum (in the middle of the Gemini twins, up in late evening) should be nearing its 7th-magnitude peak predicted for December 17th.

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Dec ?? - Hai Yang 1B (No. 2) CZ-2C Launch (China)
Dec ?? - Feng Yun 2-D CZ-3A Launch (China)
Dec 01 - Asteroid 3261 Tvardovskij Occults HIP 62915 (6.5 Magnitude Star)
Dec 01 - Asteroid 23990 Springsteen Closest Approach To Earth (1.126 AU)
Dec 01 - Lecture: Continuing the Voyages of the Endeavour, London, United Kingdom
Dec 01-02 - 1st Iberian Cosmology Meeting, Porto, Portugal
Dec 02 - Cosmos 2424 (Parus N97) Cosmos 3M Launch
Dec 02 - Comet Shoemaker-Levy 6 Closest Approach To Earth (0.906 AU)
Dec 02 - Asteroid 8041 Masumoto Occults HIP 30687 (7.7 Magnitude Star)
Dec 02 - Asteroid 2006 WQ127 Near-Earth Flyby (0.020 AU)
Dec 02 - Asteroid 2001 VE76 Near-Mars Flyby (0.027 AU)
Dec 02 - Asteroid 2006 WS29 Near-Earth Flyby (0.043 AU)
Dec 02 - Asteroid 2006 PA1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.066 AU)
Dec 02 - Asteroid 2062 Aten Closest Approach To Earth (1.500 AU)
Dec 02 - 35th Anniversary (1971), Mars 3, Mars Orbit Insertion
Dec 03 - Moon Occults Asteroid 7 Iris
Dec 03 - Asteroid 10217 Richardcook Closest Approach To Earth (1.409 AU)
Dec 03 - Asteroid 8837 London Closest Approach To Earth (1.472 AU)
Dec 03 - Asteroid 2228 Soyuz-Apollo Closest Approach To Earth (1.569 AU)
Dec 04 - Asteroid 39 Laetitia At Opposition (9.7 Magnitude)
Dec 04 - Asteroid 2006 WB Near-Earth Flyby (0.018 AU)
Dec 04 - Asteroid 697 Galilea Closest Approach To Earth (1.857 AU)
Dec 04 - 10th Anniversary (1996), Mars Pathfinder Launch
Dec 04-05 - 9th MHD Days 2006, Heidelberg, Germany
Dec 04-06 - International Workshop: Collective Phenomena in Macroscopic Systems, Como, Italy
Dec 04-07 - 3rd Workshop on the Atmospheric Chemistry Validation of Envisat, Frascati, Italy
Dec 04-08 - 5th Stromlo Symposium: From Planets to Quasars, Canberra, Australia
Dec 04-08 - Conference: The Extreme Universe in the Suzaku Era, Kyoto, Japan
Dec 04-08 - 4th Advanced Chilean School of Astrophysics : Alma and VLT-I, Santiago, Chile
Dec 05 - Full Moon, 0:24.8 UT
Dec 05 - Asteroid 3615 Safronov Occults HIP 33399 (7.4 Magnitude Star)
Dec 05 - Asteroid 83360 Catalina Closest Approach To Earth (1.644 AU)
Dec 05 - Kuiper Belt Object 2004 XR190 Closest Approach To Earth (57.270 AU)
Dec 05-06 - Workshop: Advanced RF Sensors, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Dec 06 - Comet P/2005 SB216 (LONEOS) Closest Approach To Earth (2.957 AU)
Dec 06 - Comet Mueller 5 Closest Approach To Earth (3.775 AU)
Dec 06 - Asteroid 7934 Sinatra Closest Approach To Earth (1.415 AU)
Dec 06 - Asteroid 3297 Hong Kong Closest Approach To Earth (1.676 AU)
Dec 06-08 - Workshop: Locating PeV Cosmic-Ray Accelerators, Adelaide, Australia
Dec 07 - STS-116 Launch, Space Shuttle Discovery, (International Space Station 12A.1)
Dec 07 - Comet C/2005 YW (LINEAR) Perihelion (1.993 AU)
Dec 07 - Asteroid 5648 (1990 VU1) Occults HIP 60957 (5.7 Magnitude Star)
Dec 07 - Lecture: The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft, Pasadena, California
Dec 07 - 5th Anniversary (2001), Jason/ TIMED Launch
Dec 08 - Wildblue 1/ AMC-18 Ariane 5 Launch
Dec 09 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #82 (OTM-82)
Dec 09 - Asteroid 4535 Adamcarolla Closest Approach To Earth (2.219 AU)
Dec 10 - Moon Occults Saturn
Dec 10 - Asteroid 2645 Daphne Plane Occults HIP 15648 (5.0 Magnitude Star)
Dec 10 - Asteroid 2006 WT1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU)
Dec 10 - Asteroid 9777 Enterprise Closest Approach To Earth (1.845 AU)
Dec 10-16 - IAU Symposium 241: Building Blocks of Galaxies, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
Dec 11 - Roadrunner (TacSat 2)/ Genesat 1 Minotaur 1 Launch
Dec 11 - Comet C/2006 L1 (Garradd) Closest Approach To Earth (0.733 AU)
Dec 11 - Asteroid 2006 VC Near-Earth Flyby (0.083 AU)
Dec 11 - Asteroid 4255 Spacewatch Closest Approach To Earth (3.613 AU)
Dec 11 - Lecture: The Science of Spirit and Opportunity, San Francisco, California
Dec 11-12 - 2nd GRID Workshop for the Space Community @ ESA, Frascati, Italy
Dec 11-14 - Workshop: Massive Stars, Carilo, Argentina
Dec 11-14 - 3rd ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Dec 11-15 - 23rd Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophyics: Melbourne, Australia
Dec 12 - Last Quarter Moon 14:31.7 UT
Dec 12 - Measat 3 Proton M-Briz M Launch
Dec 12 - Cassini, Titan Flyby
Dec 12 - MESSENGER, Trajectory Correction Maneuver #13 (TCM-13)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 1980 Tezcatlipoca Occults HIP 24482 (7.2 Magnitude Star)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 1813 Imhotep Occults HIP 65392 (7.7 Magnitude Star)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 5976 Kalatajean Occults HIP 26592 (6.4 Magnitude Star)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 2006 WM3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 2003 SM215 Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 9253 Oberth Closest Approach To Earth (1.484 AU)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 2933 Amber Closest Approach To Earth (1.637 AU)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 1024 Hale Closest Approach To Earth (1.666 AU)
Dec 12 - Asteroid 10050 Rayman Closest Approach To Earth (2.363 AU)
Dec 12 - 45th Anniversary (1961), Oscar 1 Launch
Dec 12-13 - Conference: Coronae of Stars and Accretion Discs, Bonn, Germany
Dec 13 - Geminids Meteor Shower Peak
Dec 13 - Asteroid 1330 Spiridonia Occults HIP 98544 (7.1 Magnitude Star)
Dec 13 - Asteroid 660 Crescentia Occults HIP 100014 (7.4 Magnitude Star)
Dec 13-14 - 1st Emirates Astronomical Conference: Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dec 14 - Asteroid 13667 Samthurman Closest Approach To Earth (1.115 AU)
Dec 15 - ETS VIII H-2A Launch (Japan)
Dec 15 - NROL-21 Delta 2 Launch
Dec 15 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #83 (OTM-83)
Dec 15 - Comet P/2000 R2 (LINEAR) Perihelion (1.456 AU)
Dec 15 - Asteroid 11875 (1989 YG5) Occults HIP 33595 (6.2 Magnitude Star)
Dec 15 - Asteroid 2006 US216 Near-Earth Flyby (0.067 AU)
Dec 16 - Cosmos (Tselina-2 N23) Zenit 2 Launch
Dec 16 - Comet P/2005 RV25 (LONEOS-Christensen) Closest Approach To Earth (2.628 AU)
Dec 16 - Asteroid 5790 Nagasaki Closest Approach To Earth (1.617 AU)
Dec 16 - Asteroid 1620 Geographos Closest Approach To Earth (1.749 AU)
Dec 17 - Asteroid 253 Mathilde Occults TYC 0740-00562-1 (11.1 Magnitude Star)
Dec 17 - Asteroid 253 Mathilde Closest Approach To Earth (1.820 AU)
Dec 18 - Asteroid 15845 Bambi Closest Approach To Earth (1.274 AU)
Dec 18 - Asteroid 4337 Arecibo Closest Approach To Earth (2.440 AU)
Dec 19 - SAR-Lupe 1 Cosmos M Launch
Dec 19 - Asteroid 22 Kalliope At Opposition (9.9 Magnitude)
Dec 19 - Asteroid 10001 Palermo Closest Approach To Earth (1.184 AU)
Dec 19 - Asteroid 10044 Squyres Closest Approach To Earth (1.571 AU)
Dec 20 - New Moon 14:00.8 UT
Dec 20 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #84 (OTM-84)
Dec 20 - Asteroid 2951 Perepadin Occults HIP 51158 (7.8 Magnitude Star)
Dec 20 - Asteroid 3082 Dzhalil Occults HIP 5504 (7.7 Magnitude Star)
Dec 20 - Asteroid 1904 Massevitch Occults HIP 38856 (7.1 Magnitude Star)
Dec 20 - Asteroid 2004 XL14 Near-Earth Flyby (0.028 AU)
Dec 20 - Asteroid 14967 Madrid Closest Approach To Earth (1.514 AU)
Dec 21 - Corot Soyuz 2-1b-Fregat Launch
Dec 21 - 40th Anniversary (1966), Luna 13 Launch (USSR Moon Lander)
Dec 22 - Winter Solstice, 00:22.1 UT
Dec 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower Peak
Dec 22 - Comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura Closest Approach To Earth (0.726 AU)
Dec 22 - Asteroid 97 Klotho At Opposition (9.9 Magnitude)
Dec 22 - Asteroid 1217 Maximiliana Occults HIP 23607 (4.7 Magnitude Star)
Dec 22 - Asteroid 6154 Stevesynnott Closest Approach To Earth (1.855 AU)
Dec 23 - Asteroid 6318 Cronkite Closest Approach To Earth (0.816 AU)
Dec 24 - Asteroid 5292 (1991 AJ1) Occults TYC 1280-00697-1 (7.2 Magnitude Star)
Dec 24 - Asteroid 2003 UR12 Near-Vesta Flyby (0.039 AU)
Dec 24 - Asteroid 3001 Michelangelo Closest Approach To Earth (1.231 AU)
Dec 24 - Asteroid 25930 Spielberg Closest Approach To Earth (1.627 AU)
Dec 24 - Jean-Louis Pons' 245th Birthday (1761)
Dec 25 - Cosmos-Glonass M6, M7, M8 Proton K-DM2 Launch
Dec 25 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #85 (OTM-85)
Dec 25 - Moon Occults Uranus
Dec 25 - Asteroid 542 Susanna Occults HIP 75718 (6.9 Magnitude Star)
Dec 25 - Asteroid 2801 Huygens Closest Approach To Earth (1.920 AU)
Dec 26 - Comet 178P Hug-Bell Closest Approach To Earth (1.449 AU)
Dec 26 - Comet C/2006 K3 (McNaught) Closest Approach To Earth (2.416 AU)
Dec 26 - Asteroid 2004 YG1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)
Dec 26 - Asteroid 6373 Stern Closest Approach To Earth (1.667 AU)
Dec 27 - Meridian N1 Soyuz 2-1a Launch
Dec 27 - Asteroid 2006 WH1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.036 AU)
Dec 27 - Asteroid 2410 Morrison Closest Approach To Earth (1.236 AU)
Dec 27 - Asteroid 498 Tokio Closest Approach To Earth (1.877 AU)
Dec 27 - Asteroid 16035 Sasandford Closest Approach To Earth (2.042 AU)
Dec 27 - Johannes Kepler's 435th Birthday (1571)
Dec 27-Jan 05 - 24th Jerusalem Winter School in Theoretical Physics: Jerusalem, Israel
Dec 28 - Cassini, Titan Flyby
Dec 29 - Asteroid 44 Nysa At Opposition (9.0 Magnitude)
Dec 29 - Asteroid 29769 (1999 CE28) Occults HIP 23835 (4.9 Magnitude Star)
Dec 29 - Asteroid 28 Bellona Occults HIP 64498 (7.7 Magnitude Star)
Dec 29 - Asteroid 5468 Hamatonbetsu Occults HIP 21670 (5.4 Magnitude Star)
Dec 29 - Asteroid 9831 Simongreen Closest Approach to Earth (1.482 AU)
Dec 29 - Asteroid 5811 Keck Closest Approach To Earth (2.115 AU)
Dec 30 - Comet C/2006 U5 (Christensen) Closest Approach To Earth (1.343 AU)
Dec 30 - Asteroid 11365 NASA Closest Approach To Earth (0.992 AU)
Dec 31 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #86 (OTM-86)
Dec 31 - Asteroid 1512 Oulu Occults HIP 25794 (7.9 Magnitude Star)

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