EUGENE, Ore. – Free temperatures aside, December is a good month for star galleries.
The coming Wirtanen will pull within 7.2 million miles of Earth on December 16 and may be visible to the naked eye. 19659003] The sun is in perspective almost 93 million miles from the earth.
Discovered by the astronomer Carl Wirtanen in 1948, comet’s approach this year will be the 10th closest comet from the 20th century, according to Space.com.  While visible, the comet will act as a fraction of the size of more famous celestial travlers like Halleys Comet and Comet Hale-Bopp.
Looking for this month, looking towards the eastern horizon just after dusk. 19659003] Meteor Shower
Geminid meteorregn is active now no later than 17th of December but will peak at 4:30 PM PT on December 14th.
“The tip lasts for 24 hours, meaning meteor guards around the world will see this spectacle,” Jane Houston Jo NES from NASA says. “If you can see the familiar winter constellations of Orion and Gemini in heaven, you’ll see some Gemini. Expect to look up to 120 meteors per hour from a dark sky place, but only after the first quarter, the moon sets around your midnight local time Saturn!
Saturn will pop up near the moon around the 8th, 9th and 10th of December before it disappears from the night sky. Mars will pick up the slack by appearing near the moon December 13, 14 and 15.