Observing Challenges for December

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Year Beginner Intermediate Advanced Lunar
2021 NGC2403
Spiral Galaxy in Camelopardalis
8.9th magnitude
21’.9 x 12’.3 in size
9.65Mly away
NGC1499
AKA. The California Nebula
Emission nebula in Perseus
6th Magnitude
2.5 ̊ Across
Palomar 2
Globular Cluster in Auriga
13.04 magnitude
2.2’ in size
90k ly away
Lacus Timoris
Small lunar mare in the SW region of the moon
Approximately 130km long
 
2020 M77
Barred Spiral Galaxy in Cetus
Also catalogued as NGC 1068
9.6th magnitude
4.7Mly away
NGC660
Polar-ringed galaxy in Pisces
12th magnitude in brightness
2.7’ x 0.84’ angular size
45Mly away
NGC 660
Polar-ringed galaxy in Pisces
12th magnitude in brightness
2.7’ x 0.84’ angular size
45Mly away
Crater Pitatus
Ancient lunar impact crater
Located on the southern edge of Mare Nubium
100km wide
0.9km deep
 
2019 M32
Elliptical Galaxy
Companion to the Andromeda Galaxy
8th magnitude brightness
NGC7640
Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda
11.1 magnitude brightness
10.5’ x 2’ angular s
WLM
Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte dwarf galaxy
Barred Irregular galaxy
11th magnitude
Located in the Constellation Cetus
Crater Atlas
Crater near the NE limb of the moon
87km in diameter
Near Lacus Temporis