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Current Astronomy "Headlines"


Full Moon
May 3


Last Quarter May 11


New Moon May 17


First Quarter
May 25

Listed below are notable astronomical events coming up for the month of
May 2015:

Naked-Eye Planets

Mercury
In May, Mercury is in the evening sky in Taurus, coming to greatest eastern elongation on the 6th of the month, then dipping into the solar glare until it reaches inferior conjunction on the 30th. Thereafter, Mercury moves into the morning sky.

Venus
Venus sets ever higher above the setting Sun all month long, going from Taurus into Gemini throughout the month of May. Venus will reach greatest eastern elongation early next month.

Mars
Mars is the constellation Taurus, deep in the solar glare all month long in May.

Jupiter
Jupiter slowly approaches the eastern border of Cancer all month long, now exhibiting its normal annual motion.

Saturn
Saturn is retrograding in the constellation Scorpius, and comes into opposition on the 22nd.

Telescopic Planets

Uranus
Uranus rises in the morning before the Sun in the constellation Pisces all month long, and at the end of the month rises about 3:30 a.m.

Neptune
Neptune rises a little before 4 a.m. at the beginning of May in the constellation Aquarius, and finishes the month coming up at a little before 2 a.m.

Dwarf Planets

Ceres
Ceres rises a bit after 2:30 a.m. at the beginning of May in the constellation Capricornus. By month’s end, it rises at about 1 a.m.

Pluto
Pluto is in the constellation Sagittarius for the month of May, rising at about 12:45 a.m. at the month’s start, then comes up at somewhat before 11 p.m. by month’s end – finally in the evening sky!

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Meteor Showers - http://amsmeteors.org/showers.html

Viewable Comets - http://cometography.com/current_comets.html

Special events - http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights

 

 

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