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Graphic by Gerry Descoteaux
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.
Monday, November 26, 2012

The Lawnchair Astronomer ponders the sky when the world will end ... or not

The Lawnchair Astronomer, Gerry Descoteaux, takes a look at the Dec. 21 night sky in his monthly Sunday Telegraph column. You can read the whole thing here.

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.