SKYTALKER. Following Thanksgiving’s cool display of the crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter aligning in the sky we’ve got another light show planned for this week with the Geminids meteors peaking. We cover that and more on what’s influencing our night skies in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Aligned. The crescent moon and Venus shine in the sunset of Thanksgiving night. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 12/10 – Deep Freeze – Hi 3, Lo -8, Wind SW@6
Tomorrow: Wed 12/11 – Still Chill – Hi 3, Lo -8, Wind SE@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:13PM 6:23AM 11:47PM 11:22AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (97% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. The rising nearly full moon will help with the action in this cold day’s Edge Hour.
HI THERE. You’ll feel the chill in your outdoor activities this week as a Canadian high pressure dome drops in across the upper tier of the country. Expect clear skies, cold temperatures and relatively light winds. Dress warm though, it doesn’t take much breeze to build dangerous wind chills.
SHOWER UP. Mark your calendars for this weekend’s peak in the Geminid Meteor Shower, peaking on Dec. 13. Starting around 10pm that night, a number of multi-colored shooting stars should be visible where the constellation Gemini is located (up and left of Orion) in the sky and the show can be one of the most intense of the year.
GOT THAT RIGHT. December’s full moon is known as the “Cold Moon” and will fall on the chilliest stretch of the season thus far. With other names such as the Long Nights Moon, and us now entering that phase of the year, every moniker seems aptly applicable to this week’s full moon falling on Dec. 12