Geminid meteors peak, and more can't-miss sky shows in December
Also look up for spectacular lunar pairings and the arrival of the solstice this month.
As the December holiday season gets into full swing, sky-watchers around the world will receive some early celestial presents, including plentiful comet sightings, five moon pairings, two meteor showers, and a stunning solstice night.
So dust off those binoculars, and get set to explore the night sky this month.
On November 7, three amateur astronomers separately discovered a quickly brightening comet, now called C/2018 V1 Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto. The icy visitor is shedding gas and dust as it heads toward the sun from the Oort cloud, an enigmatic reservoir of icy debris at the edge of the solar system.
Current predictions have this comet continuing to brighten and possibly reaching magnitude 5 in the first week of December, which would make it an easy