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ISON continues to shine

December 2013: While Venus dominates at dusk and Jupiter blazes nearly all night, Comet ISON could be the most spectacular object this month as it reappears before dawn.
Moon joins Venus and Mercury in December

It’s a busy month in Earth’s sky. At the top of everyone’s mind is Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), which could be magnificent both after dusk and before dawn. But don’t pass on the many bright planets visible these long nights. Venus outshines every object except the Sun and Moon, making it impossible to miss on December evenings. Jupiter gleams almost all night as it approaches its peak in early January. And mornings favorably show off Mercury, Mars, and Saturn.

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