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On a clear night, you can see...
We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com
The Night Sky
 
May 2017:
 

3rd Star Regulus near the Moon
5th Eta Aquarid meteor shower
6th Eta Aquarid meteor shower
7th Moon skims over Jupiter
8th Star Spica lies to the lower right of the Moon with Jupiter further to the right
13th Waning Moon close to Saturn in the morning
22nd Just before dawn Moon is to the right of Venus
31st Star Regulus near the Moon

 

Jupiter (-2.2) shines all night long in Virgo .
At the beginning of the month Mars (+1.6) is low in the north west after sunset in Taurus and sets at 1045pm.  By the end of the month it cannot be seen.
Saturn (+0.2) rises around 11pm moving from Sagittarius into Ophiuchus.
By the end of the month a faint Neptune (+7.9) reappears in Aquarius rising around 230am).
Venus (-4.3) rises brightly an hour and a half before the Sun.
Uranus and Mercury are too low in the dawn twilight to be seen this month.
Twin comets can be viewed by binoculars in the northern sky:-
     Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresank is moving from the head of Draco into Hercules but fades from+7.9 to +9 by mid month.
     Comet Johnson moves into Bootes and brightens from +7.5 to +6.5 by the end of May.

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