Zoiks, a little late this month! Don’t miss the meteors, I saw quite a few already last weekend (April 30).
- May 2 (Mon) 11:50 PM PDT / 6:50 UT (Tues) – New moon
- May 10 (Tues) 1:32 PM PDT / 20:32 UT – First quarter moon
- May 17 (Tues) 4:07 AM PDT / 11:07 UT – Full moon
- May 24 (Tues) 11:51 AM PDT / 18:51 UT – Last quarter moon
- May 13-14 (Fri-Sat), waxing gibbous moon passes Saturn (13th) and Spica (14th), but not particularly closely.
- Mercury waxing crescent to waxing gibbous in the morning sky, greatest western elongation May 7.
- Venus waxing gibbous in the morning sky, following greatest western elongation on Jan 8.
- Mars rises before dawn, but stays close to the horizon.
- Jupiter rises before dawn, following conjunction with sun on April 6.
- Saturn rises shortly after sunset, following opposition on April 3.
- Uranus rises before dawn, in Pisces.
- Neptune rises before dawn, in Aquarius.
- May 7-15, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter within 5° of each other.
- May 15-25, Mercury, Venus, and Mars within 5° of each other.
- May 6 (Fri) Eta Aquarid meteors. Active April 19-May 28. Predicted to be a very favorable year.