During December when you looked to the southwest at sunset, you saw a bright star about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon. It wasn’t really a star, but the planet Venus.
In August I introduced you to comet ISON. In the last two months we have learned much more about the comet.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is at the more distant part of its earth orbit, passing between the sun and the earth so that its shadow crosses the surface of the earth.