Astrophotography in December 2023: what to shoot in the night sky this month

The Geminid meteor shower in 2020, captured from Inner Mongolia, China.
The Geminid meteor shower in 2020, captured from Inner Mongolia, China (Image credit: Wenbin/Getty Images)

December is one of the best months of the year to do astrophotography from the northern hemisphere. With the longest night of the year coming up with 21 December’s solstice, there’s more time than ever for your hobby, but the night sky is also arguably at its best. The Orion Nebula (M42), the Pleiades (M45), the Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884) are just three of the sparkling jewels of the winter night sky north of the equator. 

Add the year’s best display of ‘shooting stars’ and the rise of a full ‘Cold Moon’ on Boxing Day and December 2023 will surely bring some great opportunities to point your camera skywards. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.