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Skywatch: We welcome a new season this week

Winter arrives Tuesday morning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three planets will continue to dazzle Skywatchers this week in the early evening. 

When we get some clearing, look for Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. They’ll be in the southwestern sky just after sunset with Venus shining brightest but closest to the horizon. Saturn and Jupiter will be above & left of it.

We welcome a new season this week as well. Tuesday at 10:59 a.m., the sun will be overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. This is officially when we welcome the winter solstice. Fall is officially over and the longest night of the year is upon us.

If you’re out enjoying the long night look for shooting stars. The Ursid meteor shower is expected to peak on Wednesday morning. Sadly a bright Moon will wash out all but the brightest meteors but if you’re out early look for the radiant in the north to the northeastern sky after midnight. 

This shower is caused by debris from Comet 8P/Tuttle and viewers are lucky to get about five to ten meteors an hour. Again, the Moon’s glare will wash out most of the meteors but if you’re far away from the city lights look up and maybe you’ll get lucky. If you do, don’t forget to make a wish. 

Happy hunting!