Saturday, 2 May 2020

May Skies
A brief overview of what to see in the sky with the unaided eye:

Stars and Constellations
●    Some prominent constellations visible in the evening sky are Bootes, Corona Borealis and  Hercules
●    Follow the ‘handle’ stars of the Big Dipper star group southward to the star Arcturus in Bootes. Arcturus and Bootes continue to be prominent most of the night
●    Arcturus is a bright (first magnitude) orange star nearly overhead during spring evenings
●    Corona Borealis is a distinct (in dark skies) “C” shaped group of stars east of (or below) Bootes
●    Hercules is also a reasonably distinct constellation surrounding a “keystone” shaped group of stars east of Corona Borealis
●    The bright constellation Leo is high in the western sky during spring evenings

Planets
●    Mercury becomes visible following sunset later during early May low in the western sky
●    Venus is visible in the western sky during evening but moves closer to the sun during the month and sets shortly after sunset by late May
●    Mars is visible in the pre-dawn southeastern sky moving from Capricornus to Aquarius and east of the Jupiter-Saturn pair
●    Jupiter and Saturn are visible low in the pre-dawn southeastern sky near the border between the Sagittarius and Capricornus constellations

Moon Phases
●    Full Moon May 7, 06:45 EDT
●    Last Quarter Moon May 14, 10:03 EDT
●    New Moon May 22, 13:39 EDT
●    First Quarter Moon May 29, 23:30 EDT

Noteworthy Sky Events
●    May 6: peak of eta Aquarids meteor shower
●    May 21-22: Venus and Mercury in conjunction and very close together both evenings

Sky Resources Online
Some website resources for sky charts, weekly sky events, and more information:
●    www.skymaps.com
●    www.skynews.ca
●    www.skyandtelescope.com
●    www.heavens-above.com
●    http://astrogeoguy.tumblr.com/

May Star Map (courtesy of www.heavens-above.com)