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Amateur astronomers have opportunities to view unusual phenomena from their backyards this weekend if winter weather allows for clear skies, says Doug Wayland a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Prince George Centre.
On Sunday Comet 8P/Tuttle will be in close conjunction with the Pinwheel Galaxy.

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Holiday night skies are particularly rich this year, with plenty to appreciate whether there's a gift telescope in your pile or not. Some of the year-end sky's features can be enjoyed with binoculars or just the naked eye.
In keeping with the ancient human tradition of ascribing meaning to stars, planets and other space stuff, this year's holiday night sky can be a Christmas sky or a winter solstice sky.

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The full moon will appears to glide above the planet Mars on Sunday night.
Observers in Europe, western Canada and Alaska, will see the moon occult Mars low in the eastern horizon.

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The position of the Moon at 3:32 UT 24th December 2007.

Disappearance in Aberdeen Scotland is at 3:34 53 UT
Reappearance at 3:49 58 UT


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Planet Mars would be at its best and brightest on Tuesday evening.
According to astronomers, the intense red planet will remain unusually close to earth this week and will approach the nearest on Tuesday evening.
People would be able to view it in the eastern sky every evening in the coming weeks, astronomers said.

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Taurus the red-eyed bull, has a very ruddy eye, and if you ever saw it, you would even say I can see a little tinge of red in his eye.
OK, so the constellation Taurus is no Rudolph, but it's a prominent constellation during the holiday season, and it does have a reddish eye. The constellation is also leading in the wonderful bright stars and constellations of winter.
You can't help but notice that during December the eastern sky is a lot more crowded with bright stars than any other part of the sky. This year the eastern sky has an extra bright ornament in it, the planet Mars.

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Summer Solstice on December 22
The Summer Solstice is at 19:08 (7:08pm) on December 22. This is when the Sun is at its most Southerly point in the sky and therefore reaches its maximum altitude for the year at the middle of the day.
Mathematically, the longest day is December 22 and the shortest night is December 22/23. We say mathematically, as the days and nights are longest or shortest by only a few seconds, whereas actual Sunrise and Sunset times can vary by up to 3 or 4 minutes with the calculated times, due to atmospheric conditions.

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