Holiday gifts from the universe.
But before we get to 2023, the universe will give us a few more notable celestial events to watch during December.
If you missed the Leonids last month, you’ll have a chance to see two more meteor showers peak before the end of the year.
And Mars is due soon for a relatively close approach to Earth.
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Here are 4 celestial events you don’t want to miss in December:
On Dec. 8, Earth will be sandwiched directly between the Sun and Mars as the Red Planet passes into opposition, promising a stunning view.
Mars’ last opposition was in 2020.
This spectacular annual show peaks this year on the evening of Dec. 13 into Dec. 14.
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The Geminids are one of the biggest meteor showers of the year.
Dec. 21 marks a turning point in the seasons, with the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
On this day, Earth’s North Pole will be at its furthest point from the Sun.
On Dec. 21, the same night as the solstice, look out for the peak of this minor shower if you live in the Northern Hemisphere.
With the Moon at three percent fullness, the sky should be dark enough to spot a shooting star.