By Bob Killam
Enid News & Eagle
Phases of the moon for December are:
• Dec. 6: Last quarter.
• Dec. 13: New moon.
• Dec. 20: First quarter.
• Dec. 28: Full moon (Moon Before Yule, Long Night Moon).
The Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium will be open at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month for the public.
Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item for Horn of Plenty would be appreciated.
The program for December is “The Star of Bethlehem.” There will be two shows Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Come and learn about the star the wise men followed to the birthplace of Jesus.
The peek of the Geminids meteor shower will be the morning of Dec. 13. This looks to be a favorable year for this major shower due to the new moon.
Winter solstice falls on Dec. 21. The day is shortest and the night longest.
Every Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting, the NOC observatory will be open to the public. Sessions start at 6:30 p.m. Large groups planning to visit the observatory or planetarium should call 548-2399 to schedule an appointment.
Killam is resident astronomer and astronomical league coordinator for Leonardo’s Star Quest Astronomy Club and director of NOC observatory.