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There’s magic in the air this holiday season and there’s also magic in the Shamokin night skies. These long nights are blessed with some of the best constellations of the year. Bundle up, get out that comfy reclining lawn chair, brush away the snow if you have to and enjoy the cold, clear night delights. You can get an early start with the early sunsets of the year.

The Venus, Saturn and Jupiter show dominates the first week of December. In the evening twilight, look for a super bright “star” in the very low southwestern sky. That star is actually the planet Venus at about 139 million miles away from Earth.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and professional broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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