15 Must-See Astronomy Events in the December Night Sky (2021)

From spacetourismguide.com

While December is a month of extremes – cold and dark in the northern hemisphere and opposite in the southern – it’s also one of the best months of the year for amateur astronomers and stargazers.

A series of meteor showers occur in such quick succession that you might almost grow tired of wishing on ‘shooting stars;’ there are also good opportunities to spot solar system neighbors, watch the celestial dance of our Sun and Moon, and mark the astronomical calendar with the December solstice. Whatever drives you out to enjoy the night sky this month, be sure to bundle up – even in the southern hemisphere, it gets chilly at night.

If you need a telescope to help enjoy this month’s night sky events, we have a guide to the best stargazing telescopes and binoculars. On that page you’ll find resources on how to find a good piece of astronomical equipment that fits your budget and helps unlock the wonders of the December night sky. Ready to explore? Read on for all of the December night sky events you can see in the coming month.

Table of Contents

December 2 – Peak of the Pheonicid Meteor Shower

December 4 – Total Solar Eclipse

December 6 – Peak of the φ-Cassiopeid Meteor Shower

December 7 – Conjunction of the Moon & Saturn

December 7 – Peak of the Puppid-Velid Meteor Shower

December 7 – Venus at Greatest Brightness

December 9 – Conjunction of the Moon & Jupiter

December 9 – Peak of the Monocerotid Meteor Shower

December 10 – Asteroid 44 Nysa at Opposition

December 12 – Peak of the σ-Hydrid Meteor Shower

December 14 – Peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower

December 16 – Peak of the Comae Berenicid Meteor Shower

December 19 – Peak of the December Leonis Minorid Meteor Shower

December 21 – December Solstice

December 22 – Peak of the Ursid Meteor Shower