The Night Sky in May

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Here are some of the highlights of the sky in May:

  • 9 PM – Jupiter rises in the western sky
  • 9 PM – Mercury, Jupiter and Venus in the western sky toward the end of the month
  • 9:30 PM – Saturn rising in the southeastern sky just after sunset and moving to the west before sunrise
  • 10 PM – Virgo constellation in the southern sky in the late evening – notable deep sky objects include the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and the famous Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104)
  • 10 PM – constellations Coma Berenices with the spiral galaxy Messier 64 (Black Eye Galaxy) in the southern sky above Virgo and Canes Venatici in the southeastern sky, with the bright star Cor Caroli and the famous face-on spiral galaxy Messier 51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy)
  • 3 AM – the Eta Aquariid meteor shower in the direction of Aquarius constellation, peaking on the night of May 5-6 with up to 10 meteors per hour shooting from the east after midnight
  • May 10 – an annular solar eclipse visible in Northern Australia and the central Pacific Ocean
  • May 24 – a penumbral lunar eclipse visible in most of North & South America, western Europe, and western Africa

Related: May constellations

Source: Hubble Site Channel