May 2015 star calendar

Star calendar 1–31 May 2015

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1 May   Tonight the moon is 2 finger-widths above Spica. Bright Arcturus is 3 fist-widths to the moon’s left. The Big Dipper is far to the upper left

2 May   The moon is to Spica’s lower left this evening.

3 May   High in the east at midnight, the full moon is midway between Spica, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and Saturn, to the lower left.

4 May   The moon rises shortly after sunset and is followed a little more than a half-hour later by Saturn.

5 May   Rising late, the moon, Saturn and Antares are low in the east at midnight. Saturn is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right while Antares is 4 finger-widths to the lower right.

7 May   At its greatest elongation—21.2 degrees east of the sun—Mercury sets an hour after sunset.

20 May   The moon lies midway between Venus, 1 fist-width above, and Betelgeuse below or to the lower left.

21 May   Low in the west at dusk, Venus is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right. Procyon is 1 fist-width to the left or lower left.

22 May   The moon lies in the middle of a triangle formed by Venus, 1½ fist-widths to the lower right, Procyon, 1 fist-width below, and Jupiter, 1½ fist-widths to the upper left. Saturn reaches opposition at 2200 EDT. Lining up opposite the sun, it rises around sunset and sets around sunrise.

23 May   Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

24 May   Regulus is 2 finger-widths above the moon this evening, and Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the right.

25 May   Regulus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right.

26 May   High in the south at dusk, the moon lies between Regulus, 2 fist-widths to the right or upper right, and Spica, 3 fist-widths to the left or lower left. The moon is at apogee, 63.38 Earth-radii (404,000 kilometers) away.

28 May   Spica is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left this evening. Venus sweeps past Pollux and Castor, the Gemini Twins, over the next few nights. Tonight Venus is 1 finger-width to Pollux’s lower left.

29 May   Spica is 1 finger-width to the moon’s right or lower right.

30 May   The moon lies between Spica, 1½ fist-widths to the upper right, and Saturn, 2 fist-widths to the lower left. Venus is a little higher this evening to Pollux’s lower left.

31 May   Saturn is less than 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left tonight.

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