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PAGE 2 December 1, 2016 Minnesota Starwatch for ByDeaneMorrison the cold moon. Unfortunately, the December 2016 With bright planets in both night ofthe l3th-14th is the peak of the morning and evening skies, the Geminid meteor shower, and December is a great time for fans the moon will wash out all but the of moon meetings brightest meteors. Brightness is a On the 1st, a fingernail moon hallmark of the Geminids, how- emerges from the sun's afterglow ever, so you may see some that in the company of Venus. Mercury night and for a few nights before is below the moon, but so near and after. Meteors will radiate the sun as to be practically invis- from near the Gemini twin Castor, ible. The next night, the moon in the knot of winter constella- and Venus again make a pair, and tions now entering the evening sky on the 3rd the moon hangs above from the east. the brilliant planet. Between the In the vanguard of those con- 4th and 5th, our peripatetic satel- stellations is Taurus, the bull. lite sails above Mars. A new moon The lovely Pleiades star clus- arrives at 12:53 a.m. on the 29th, ter represents the bull's shoul- and a thin crescent of the next der, and below it is the V-shaped cycle appears over the sunset hori- Hyades cluster, marking the bull's zon on the last evening of the year. face. The bright orangish star All month long we can watch Aldebaran represents the bull's the changing shape of a triangle eye, but isn't part of the cluster. Be formed by Venus, Mars, and, low sure to use binoculars, especially in the south, the lone bright star with the Pleiades. At about 100 Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus, the million years of age, these stars southern fish. Venus is now climb- are quite young and some 440 mil- ing toward Mars; early next year, lion light-years away. The cluster the two willmake a close approach contains many more stars than and then separate as Venus again we can see, and it's now gliding hurtles between Earth and the through dust that reflects its light sun. and gives the visible stars a blue After reaching fullness in mid- shimmer. month, the moon wanes as it con- The University of Minnesota tinues its eastward march toward offers public viewings of the night the rising sun. On the 22nd the sky at its Duluth and Twin Cities moon and ]upiter ornament the campuses. For more information morning sky. By the predawn and viewing schedules, see: hour, the moon's fat crescent will Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth be hanging above the giant planet Planetarium: www.d.umn.edu/ high in the south, with Spica, the planet brightest star in Virgo, shining Twin Cities, Minnesota below ]upiter. Over the next few Institute for Astrophysics: www. mornings, early birds can watch astro.umn.edu/outreach/pubnight the crescent shrink as it plunges Check out the astronomy toward the ~outheast horizon, programs at the University Dec'ember's furl moon arrives of Minnesota's Bell Museum at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, the 13th. ExploraDome: www.bellmuseum. In most parts of Minnesota, umn.edu/exploradome this will be less than 90 minutes Find U of M astronomers and after moonrise, so it will be very links to the world of astronomy at round and beautiful. This moon www.astro.umn.edu. is known, for obvious reasons, as Looking southwest after nightfall December 30 Mars Venus Fomalhaut. Mm ~t~fW~tCh .... www.tricountynews.mn MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 25, 2016- High School League (MSHSL), Wells Fargo, the premier corporate today announced Reese lansen of sponsor of the Minnesota State Eden Valley-Watkins High School Reese Jansen (right) of Eden Valley-Watkins was awarded Most Valuable Teammate from the Class 2A State Championship game, along with Brandon Robley of Caledonia. Submitted photo. I' I "1111 ........................... I Thanks from Maymie Ecker Thank you to everyone for "Get are delivering "Meals on Wheels" Well" prayers, cards, gifts, food faithfully. You are very much and visits after my falling mis- appreciated! My recovery is going hap. Thanks too, to the Kimball well. Rescue Team and to the folks who Maymie Ecker has been named as the Class AA Prep Bowl Football Most Valuable Teammate Award. The award is a new recogni- tion program whereby one player from each championship game team in each of the seven classes of Prep Bowl competition is cho- sen for leadership, sportsmanship and inspiration to his teammates during the three state tourna- ment games. One athlete from each championship game team is selected by the coaching staff. Two awards are presented in Class AA Football. Wells Fargo is the premier cor- porate sponsor of the MSHSL. This sponsorship helps offset the costs associated with tournaments and fine arts events for Minnesota stu- dents. It also supports programs such as the MSHSL High School Hall of Fame, along with the EXCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Program, a recognition program designed for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities, and work voluntarily in their communities. 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