A week from Monday on December 21, it will be The Winter Solstice. It's the scientific start to winter in the Northern Hemisphere when half of the world is tilted away from the sun.
The Winter Solstice also coincides with the Ursids Meteor Shower. Starting in the evening of December 21, through the next day's dawn, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower.
The 21st is also when the two largest solar system planets, Jupiter and Saturn, will be very close. The two worlds will be the closest in the heavens than they have been since 1623. Look to the Southwest, about an hour after the sunset, and you'll them dance across the sky.
Suggested camera settings ISO 1600, f/2.8, and shoot in RAW. Use the 500 rule to determine the shutter speed. Divide the focal length into 500, and you will have the suggested shutter speed. 500/24 = 20 seconds (approximately)
I'll be at work that night, and I'll probably miss this. So I'm hoping to live through your images vicariously. 😉 Send me a message or tag me in your post so I can check it out!
The skies will be exciting to watch that night. Now, all we need is clear skies! 👍😉😁 Good luck, and may the odds be in your favor.
Donovan (Dono) Evans
Cloudy Skies all night... I didn't see any meteors, so I decided to make some lemonade. The image is a composite of two long exposure captures. The sky was 10-seconds, and the beach was 13-seconds. I added a dash of light painting to the foreground. Both were with an ISO 800 and f/2.8. Created with Olympus O-MD E-M1 MKII and the M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO f/2.8 and edited in Photoshop and Luminar 4.