This Week’s Night Sky: Geminid Meteor Shower Starts to Sprinkle
One of the year's premier sky events kicks off, while the moon traces a path through a lion's heart.
The waning gibbous moon will rise in the east next to the super-bright star Regulus, which marks the heart of Leo, the lion constellation.
The blue-white star will appear only four degrees from the moon—less than the width of your three middle fingers held at arm’s length. Leo is one of the few constellations that appears to resemble its mythological character, and is easy to trace out even from brightly lit suburbs.
Regulus marks the base of a giant sickle, or backwards question mark, traced out by five other moderately bright stars visible to the upper left of the moon as seen from North America.
If you wait until after midnight, the rump of the celestial beast, to the lower left