Monthly Stargazing Calendar for May 2016

Eta Aquarids meteor shower

Early this month on the night time of Could 5 and 6 the Eta Aquarids meteor bathe will peak. It is an above common bathe, able to producing as much as 60 per hour at its peak, nevertheless many of the exercise might be seen within the Southern Hemisphere. Within the Northern Hemisphere, the speed can attain solely about 30 meteors per hour. Some meteors may also be seen from April 19 to Could 28. The meteor bathe is produced by mud particles behind by comet Halley, which has been identified and noticed since historic occasions. This 12 months the brand new moon will guarantee darkish for what might be a wonderful present. Meteors will radiate from the constellation , however can seem wherever within the sky, which is illustrated above in a diagram by EarthSky.org.

On Could 9 we’ll witness a uncommon transit of Mercury throughout the Solar. The planet Mercury will transfer immediately between the Earth and the Solar. Viewers with telescopes and photo voltaic filters will be capable to observe the darkish of the planet Mercury transferring throughout the face of the Solar. That is an especially uncommon occasion that happens solely as soon as each few years. There might be one different transit of Mercury in 2019 after which the following one won’t happen till 2039. This transit might be seen all through North America, Mexico, Central America, South America, and components of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The perfect place to view this occasion in its entirety would be the japanese United and japanese South America, as seen within the map under supplied by Xavier M. Jubier.

2016 May 9 Transit Of Mercury

Lastly on Could 22 Mars might be at . The pink planet might be at its closest method to Earth and its face might be absolutely illuminated by the Solar. Will probably be brighter than every other time of the 12 months and might be seen all night time lengthy. This makes it’s the finest time to view and {photograph} Mars. A medium-sized telescope will assist you to see among the darkish particulars on the planet’s orange floor.

Moon phases

As you already know, the moon has a big effect on the visibility of celestial our bodies within the night time sky. So listed here are the moon’s phases for this month:

Moon Phases Calendar May 2016

Positions of the planets this month

Mercury: The closest planet to the Solar could be seen at daybreak and nightfall travelling between the constellations of Taurus, Aries and Cetus, not removed from Venus. This planet, being the closest to the Solar, will seem to maneuver shortly within the night time sky and its place will change within the following weeks.

Venus: The sister planet could be seen close to Mercury travelling between the constellations of Taurus, Aries and Cetus. Similar to Mercury, Venus can solely be seen at daybreak and nightfall.

Mars: The pink airplanet could be seen in the constellation of Scorpius, not removed from Saturn.

Jupiter: The fuel large is seen in the constellation of . Jupiter can simply be noticed with the bare eye, even in extremely illuminated cities.

Saturn: The ringed large could be seen with the bare eye in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

Uranus: The fuel large could be seen in the constellation of Pisces with the usage of a telescope.

: The blue large requires a telescope pointed within the constellation of Aquarius as a way to be seen.

Main astronomical occasions subsequent month

  • June 3 – Saturn at Opposition.
  • June 5 – Mercury at Best Western Elongation.
  • June 20 – June .

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