This is a map of the eastern sky at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 - the winter solstice. The evening star high is Jupiter. The brightest star in the sky, Sirius (the Dog Star), can be seen cresting the horizon.
The Lawnchair Astronomer ponders the sky when the world will end ... or not
Posted by David Brooks | Monday, November 26, 2012
He realizes that the whole Mayan-calendar thing is baloney, but it's a nice shtick for pondering the night sky.
Jupiter and the Dog Star will be celestial highlights on Dec. 21. Niburu, the earth-destroying rogue planet, won't be.
On a semi-related note, Neil Gaiman will be hosting a funky-sounding party in Boston on Dec. 21, raising money for a fire station-turned-art gallery. Boing Boing item here.