In The Sky

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

Before the usual info, I thought I would mention the Starlink satellites. They are worth looking out for. You can download an app (Apple or Android) to find out when and where they will appear. My neighbour and I saw about 14 or 15 all crossing the sky over a period of eight minutes last week. Rather impressive. [2nd May 2020]

Here is stargazing info for May 2020.

  • 7th Supermoon
  • 8th Moon passes north of star Antares 1130pm SE 
  • 12th Jupiter inbetween Saturn and the Moon 4am SSE 
  • 13th Saturn inbetween the Moon and Jupiter 4am SSE 
  • 15th Mars above the crescent Moon 4am SE 
  • 21st Mercury lies below Venus 10pm NW 
  • 22nd Mercury lies to the left of Venus 10pm NW 
  • 23rd Mercury left of Venus 10pm NW 
  • 24th Mercury between the narrow crescent Moon and Venus 10pm NW 
  • 26th Moon to the left of twin stars Pollux and Castor 10pm WOW 
  • 28th Star Algieba above star Regulus with the Moon to the right of them 11pm W 
  • 29th Star Algieba above star Regulus with the Moon to the left of them 11pm WSW

Meteor Shower: 
Eta Aquariids - For most of the month until 27th May. View in NE after midnight but around 3am is best. Conditions not favourable though. There are around 55 per hour and 25% leave a persistent trail. They are dust particles from Halley's comet. 

Galaxy Clusters:

Look at the constellation Virgo after midnight in SSW as it contains the nearest large cluster of around 2000 galaxies.

Planets:

Mercury - can be seen as it passes Venus in the evening sky in the second half of May. It starts to the right of Venus setting about 10pm but moves rapidly upwards and fades as it continues to rise higher and sets at 11pm by the end of the month. 

Venus - is fading as it moves towards the Sun. It starts the month as an evening star shining all evening long and setting after midnight. By the end of the month it has disappeared.

Mars - moves from Capricornus into Aquarius and gets brighter this month. It starts the month near Saturn also in Capricornus but heads leftward during May to end up in Aquarius. It can be seen rising just before 3am.

Jupiter - is in Sagittarius and begins retrograde motion on May 16th ( where it appears to move westwards). It rises around 1am.

Saturn - is slowly retrograding in Capricornus. It rises at around 1am.

Uranus - is in Aries but list in the Sun's glare this month.

Neptune - is in Aquarius and rises around 3am

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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