The May Night Sky.


New moon: 15th. May. Full moon: 29Th. May.

Venus is a brilliant evening object brightening slightly from magnitude -3.9 to -4.0 over the month. On the 15th it reaches perihelion; the closest point in its orbit to the Sun. On the 17th the crescent moon will be nearby and provide a lovely sight.

Jupiter is visible all night and reaches opposition on the 9th and will be shining at magnitude -2.5. Opposition is the point where the Sun, Earth, and an object are lie in an approximately straight line and in the same direction as seen from the Sun. Opposition occurs only for superior planets, that is those which lie further away from the Sun than Earth. The crescent moon passes nearby on the 27th.

Saturn is best seen in the early hours of the morning. It is quite low in the sky. The moon passes by on the 4th to help you find the ringed world.

This month sees the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. The maximum occurs on the 6th but can last for up to a week. So the moon should not be too much of an issue The shower lasts until the 28th so it is a nice long shower to look out for. This shower is made from material left behind by Halley’s Comet.


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