NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

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Welcome to NASA's Night Sky Notes Monthly Article
(formerly the Space Place Monthly Partner Article)

The NASA Night Sky Network provides these monthly articles about what to observe in the night sky and updates on NASA missions to share with your organization's newsletter or website. You are welcome to check back here by the 25th of each month for the following month's article, or sign up here to be reminded each time a new article is released.  Download the latest article below:

Earthrise photo by Apollo 8 of Earth rising over the lunar surface

December Article: Updated November 23, 2018

December marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, when humans first orbited the Moon in a triumph of human engineering. The mission may be most famous for “Earthrise,” the iconic photograph of Earth suspended over the rugged lunar surface. The photo inspired the imaginations of people around the world and remains one of the most famous photos ever taken. This month also brings a great potential display of the Geminids and a close approach by Comet 46P/Wirtanen

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