December 2010: Catch a lunar eclipse and a meteor shower this month, and don’t miss a morning trio of planets, (Saturn, Mercury and Venus) either!
The annual Geminid meteor shower – one of the year’s best if skies are clear – peaks on the night of the 13/14th. The fourth full moon of the season rises at 4:13 p.m. EST, on the 20th, only to be darkened by a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse begins at 1:32 a.m. on the 21st, and is total from 2:40 to 3:54 a.m. The winter solstice arrives later the same day, at 6:42 p.m.