Moon Phase : Waxing Gibbous at 84%
Age of moon : 11 days

Wednesday, 19th December 2018

2018-12-19 07:49:00Suiderstrand
Detailed information about the local weather.
 🍃Beaufort Scale
Force 2 Light Breeze
NW (286°)12km/h
Rain for today0.0 mm
Rain for December10.5 mm
Rain for 2018260.6 mm
Tide100:44 (1.5m)
Tide206:40 (0.6m)
Tide312:53 (1.6m)
Tide419:18 (0.5m)
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10-day weather forecast.
WednesdaySome clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 23C. Winds WSW at 25 to 40 km/h.
Wednesday NightClear. Low 16C. Winds W at 15 to 25 km/h.
ThursdayAbundant sunshine. High 23C. Winds ESE at 15 to 30 km/h.
Thursday NightPartly cloudy skies. Low 18C. Winds ESE at 15 to 30 km/h.
FridayConsiderable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 23C. Winds ESE at 25 to 40 km/h.
Friday NightPartly cloudy. Low 18C. Winds SE at 15 to 30 km/h.
SaturdayConsiderable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High near 25C. Winds S at 15 to 30 km/h.
Saturday NightClear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 18C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Visible ISS Passes (Suiderstrand)
DateBrightnessStartHighest pointEnd
Visible Iridium Passes (Suiderstrand)
2018-12-19 21:50:02Iridium 32-439°114° (ESE)
2018-12-24 21:29:05Iridium 60-347°109° (ESE)
2018-12-25 21:23:02Iridium 45-146°107° (ESE)

Astronomical Calendar
December 7 - New Moon
The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 07:20 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower
The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
December 15 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 21.3 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
December 21 - December Solstice
The December solstice occurs at 22:23 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.
December 22 - Full Moon
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 17:49 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This moon has also been known as the Full Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule.
December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower
The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. This year the glare from the full moon will hide all but the brightest meteors. If you are extremely patient, you might still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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