The Seasonal Almanac: Nature and Astronomical Events for December 2003 and January 2004

The Seasonal Almanac covers nature and astronomical events for December 2003 and January 2004.

| December 2003/January 2004

The Seasonal Almanac shares nature and astronomical events for December 2003 and January 2004.

Astronomical Events for December 2003 and January 2004

Late: November: 9:00 p.m.
Early December: 8:00 p.m.

Late: December: 7:00 p.m.
Early January: Dusk

The bright constellation Orion is rising up in the east these cold, dark evenings. Off to its left shines yellow Saturn. Orange Mars glows higher in the southwestern sky. These are just a few of the celestial sights you can find on any clear evening from mid-November through early January using this sky map. Here's how:

Check the times and dates at the top of the page. Take this map out under the night sky within an hour or so of the right time. Bring a flashlight to read the map. Secure a piece of red paper over the lens of the flashlight with a rubber band; the dim red light won't spoil your night vision.

Outside, you need to know which direction you're facing. (If you're unsure, just note where the Sun sets; that's roughly west.) Hold the map in front of you, and look at the yellow labels around the edge.

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