Free Public Observing Night
December 14, 2013
till 10:00 p.m.
Rudy Park, York, PA. Observatory
York County Astronomical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the advancement of the science of astronomy.
Expand your mind by taking in the expanse of the universe.
Come and view the night skies with us through one of our telescopes and let our experienced
members guide you on a tour of celestial wonders, including stars, planets,
nebulae, and the moon. You are also invited to bring your own telescope and
share your experiences with other amateur astronomers. Star Charts are available to help your exploration of the nighttime sky.
For all Observing activities at John Rudy Park, if the weather is questionable, please check our voice message at 717-578-9109 for notice of any late cancellation or for an updated
status, check this website.
If it is clear or mostly clear, the activity will
occur as scheduled. If it is completely cloudy, raining or snowing, the activity will be cancelled.
The December 14, 2013 Night Sky for
sunset, rising in the east can be seen the stars of the winter circle
also known as the winter hexagon which is an asterism – a star formation that is
not one of the 88 constellations. Forming this asterism are the brilliant
stars Capella in Auriga the Charioteer, Castor
and Pollux in Gemini the Twins, Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull,
Procyon in Canis Minor the Smaller Dog, Rigel in the Constellation
Orion the Hunter and Sirius in Canis Major, the Larger Dog form
this asterism below.
the west are the constellations Pegasus "The Winged
Horse", Cygnus "the Swan", Aquarius "the Water Carrier",
overhead are the constellations Andromeda known as the
"Princess of Ethiopia", and Cetus "The Whale"
and "Pisces the Fish".
the northern sky the constellations Ursa Minor the "Smaller She-Bear"
also known as the "Little Dipper", Ursa Major the "Larger
She-Bear" also known as the "Big Dipper" is rising low on the northern
horizon, Cepheus the "King of Ethiopia", Cassiopeia
the "Queen of Ethiopia" is high in the sky and Draco the "Dragon
lies low on the northwestern horizon".
sun sets at 4:42 this night and is located in the constellation
Click Moon to see
three days before the full Moon, is visible in the
the constellation Taurus the Bull. Moonrise
is at 3:45 p.m. and it sets at 5:36 a.m. The
Moon is about
7 degrees from the open star cluster the Pleiades,
also known as the "Seven Sisters". Observe the stark detail
of countless impact craters, mountains and valleys of the Moon through YCAS telescopes.
Visible in the December 14th evening sky
has already set as public observing begins, but can be seen any
clear night this month right after sunset shining brightly in the
Jupiter is rising in the east located in the
Neptune is located in the constellation Aquarius
low on the horizon.
Uranus is located on the border of constellations
Cetus and Pisces in the
southwestern evening sky.
December 14, 2013 Night Sky Below
a memorable tour with members of the York County Astronomical Society of
Galaxies, planets, the moon and the constellations of the night sky.
and Constellations Astronomical Pronunciation Guide
the Wonders of your Universe
Picture of the Day
Our sun is almost one million miles in diameter and a million earths would fit in it.
It takes light eight minutes to reach us from the sun.
The last star shown in video is VY Canis Majoris which takes light about 5000 years to reach us
that is light traveling at 186,000 miles per second x 60 seconds
in a minute x 60 minutes in an hour x 365 days in a year x 5000 years.
VY Canis Majoris is (almost 2 billion ) 1.7 billion miles in diameter.
POLLUTION OF OUR NIGHT SKIES
What does light pollution look like?
What does your nighttime sky look like? Try this fun interactive game to see how light
pollution affects the stars you see at night:
Dark Sky Association
Weather and Directions