- May 2: Venus at greatest brilliance, shining at -4.5 mag.
- May 5: Peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, nothing for Northerners
- May 17: Moon near Jupiter
- May 19: Jupiter only 5 arc minutes from Mu Cap
- May 21: The crescent Moon, Venus, and Mars make a little triangle in the east-southeast
- May 24/25: Chance to see a very slender crescent Moon in the evening in the Northern hemisphere
- May 27: Jupiter only 0.39 degrees from Neptune (which is only 1/12,000 as bright)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Various Jupiter conjunctions, bright Venus main events in May
In the sky, that is - for space astronomy it promises to be a particularly exciting month with the launch of Atlantis to the HST on May 11 and the joint Ariane 5 launch of Herschel & Planck on May 14. Recent days brought a lot of action in the evening sky: Here are Mercury & the Pleiades, a lunar mosaic and another one from May 1, Mercury & the Pleiades (detail) and the Moon on April 28 and the Moon, the Pleiades and Mercury on April 26 in a stunning timelapse movie and still pictures (detail, detail, again, more, more, more, more and more) from the U.S. and the U.K., with simple tech. More pics of the constellation are also here and here. Mercury is now gone from the evening sky where now Saturn rules (great pictures galore from the Philippines and Saturn with Tethys and its shadow) while Venus - a stunning hi-res video of the lunar occultation on April 22, another report and another video - is now bright in the morning sky and Jupiter gets more interesting.