Spot Jupiter 25/26 Dec 2012 - NASA Christmas Special

Tommorrow 5.48 a.m. Planet Jupiter is in Conjunction with Moon. which means you can spot Planet Jupiter (as non twinkling bright object) in the vicinity of Moon today and tommorrow. So keep reading below.

Brief Notes - About Various Phenomena :
1. Moon:  Moon is the only natural satellite of Earth. Moon as observed from earth appears at a new location in the night sky every subsequent night i.e. moon can be found at new place often near/in background of  pattern of stars/star/planet. This happens because of moon’s motion around earth.

2. Conjunction: Conjunction is a term used in positional astronomy.It means that, as seen from some place (usually the Earth), two celestial bodies appear near one another in the sky. Importantly a day before & after people can notice one of the objects getting close or getting away after the celestial meeting.

Moon our celestial neighbor and Planets are located at greater distance from earth and they themselves are separated by enormous distance. However due to conjunction they appear near to each other in our skies.

3. Star or Planet? : To locate planets it should be remembered that Stars (producing their own light) twinkle whereas planets which reflect light of Sun do not twinkle but shine.

Here is the article published by NASA celebrating Christmas.Click here

How to Observe :

Today 25 December 2012 : Just look at Moon and near it there will be a Bright Object (which is not twinkling) its Planet Jupiter. Further you continue to see this Celestial Event till tmrw Morning. All you have to do is look at West Direction before Sunrise.

On 26 December 2012 : After Sunset if one looks in East Direction they can see Jupiter Above Moon. Importantly on right side one can see another bright Star Called Aldebaran

it may be noted together Moon, Jupiter and Star Aldebaran make a Celestial Triangle to see.