News on what is visable in this months sky as posted by Adrian Zielonka's in his monthly sky notes.
Thank you Adrian and thank you CADAS.
Here is the astronomy news for May.
Here is the astronomy news for May.
Night Sky 2019 - May
1st – 5:45am
10th – 5:29am
20th – 5:15am
30th – 5:04am
1st – 8:32pm
10th – 8:46pm
20th – 9:01pm
30th – 9:14pm
27th – 9:51pm
28th – 9:59pm
29th – 10:07pm
30th – 10:14pm
31st – 10:20pm
1st – 5:07am
10th – 4:52am
20th – 4:35am
30th – 4:22am
1st – 4:59am
2nd – 5:18am (E)
3rd – 5:37am
4th – 5:58am
5th – 6:21am (ENE)
6th – 6:49am
7th – 7:23am
8th – 8:06am
9th – 9:00am
10th – 10:04am
11th – 11:17am
12th – 12:34pm (ENE)
13th – 1:54pm
14th – 3:14pm
15th – 4:34pm (E)
16th – 5:53pm
17th – 7:12pm
18th – 8:29pm (ESE)
1st – 4:34pm
2nd – 5:41pm (W)
3rd – 6:50pm
4th – 8:01pm
5th – 9:14pm (WNW)
6th – 10:26pm
7th – 11:37pm
9th – 12:41am
10th – 1:37am
11th – 2.22am
12th – 2:59am
13th – 3:29am (WNW)
14th – 3:55am
15th – 4:18am (W)
16th – 4:41am
17th – 5:04am
18th – 5:29am (WSW)
19th – 5:58am
19th – 9:42pm
20th – 10:51pm
21st – 11:50pm
23rd – 12:40am
24th – 1:21am
25th – 1:54am
26th – 2:21am (ESE)
27th – 2:44am
28th – 3:05am
29th – 3:24am
30th – 3:42am (E)
31st – 4:02am
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New Moon – 4th
First Quarter –12th Full Moon – 18th
Last Quarter – 26th
20th – 6:32am
21st – 7:14am
22nd – 8:02am
23rd – 8:58am
24th – 9:58am
25th – 11:02am
26th – 12:07pm (WSW)
27th – 1:12pm
28th – 2:18pm
29th – 3:25pm (W)
30th – 4:33pm
31st – 5:43pm
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are set for Somerton
useful site: www.heavens-above.com
A S Zielonka
At 5:15am on the 1st (half an hour before sunrise) low in the east a very thin crescent Moon will be 1½ degrees above the horizon (102 degrees azimuth) withVenus 16 degrees to the left and just 1 degree above the horizon (86 degrees azimuth). Venus will be at this position and time for a few days.
An occultation of the asteroid Vesta by the Moon is on the 2nd. This occurs over Southern Europe, northern Africa and northern South America.
On the 5th at 9:00pm low in the WNW and just 1 degree above the horizon a very thin crescent Moon may be seen.
From the 6th - 9th Mars passes within 3¼ degrees of the star Zeta Tauri (2.9 mag) in Taurus.
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower reaches its peak through the night of the 6th and can be capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. The thin crescent Moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. They can be seen between April 19th – May 28th.
At 9:30pm on the 6th in the WNW the bright star Aldebaran is just 2 degrees to the left of a thin crescent Moon which is 7 degrees above the horizon.
On the 7th at 10:00pm Mars will be 4½ degrees above the crescent Moon. The star Zeta Taurus is just 2½ degrees to the upper left of the Moon.
At 9:45pm on the 8th the crescent Moon lies halfway between the stars Nu Geminorum (4.1 mag) and Mu Geminorum (2.8 mag) in Gemini. They are approximately 1½ degrees from the Moon. Mars is 11 degrees to the lower right of the Moon.
From the 9th – 10th the asteroid Juno passes within 3 degrees of the star Alhena (1.9 mag) in Gemini.
On the 9th at 9:30pm the star Wasat in Gemini is just 1½ degrees to the right of the crescent Moon. An occultation of Wasat by the Moon occurs today though this will be visible from the Caribbean, North Africa and South West Europe.
The Eta Lyrids meteor shower reaches its peak on the morning of the 10th.
At 9:30pm on the 10th the Beehive Star Cluster (M44) is just 3 degrees above left of the Moon.
On the 12th at 9:30pm the bright star Regulus in Leo is 3½ degrees to the lower right of the Moon.
At 9:30pm on the 13th the star Chertan (3.3 mag) in Leo is 7 degrees above the Moon.
On the 14th at midnight the star Porrima (2.7 mag) in Virgo is 7½ degrees to the left of the Moon and at the same time on the 15th Porrima will be 7 degrees to the right of the Moon.
At 10:00pm on the 16th the star Spica in Virgo is 9 degrees to the right of the Moon.
On the 17th at 10:00pm the star Zubenelgenubi (2.7 mag) in Libra is 3½ degrees to the lower right of the Moon.
From the 18th - 19th Uranus passes within 1¼ degrees of the planet Venus which rises 40 minutes approximately before the Sun. At 5:45am Venus is 1 degree above ENE horizon (73.5degrees azimuth) with Uranus just above it.
At midnight on the 18th the star Acrab (2.5 mag) in Scorpius is 4½ degrees to the lower left of the Moon.
The asteroid Ceres is 4 degrees above right of the Moon at midnight on the 19th. (For further information please see 'Asteroids' section in the website above).
On the 19th at midnight Jupiter is 9½ degrees to the lower left of the Moon... and at 4:30am Jupiter is 8 degrees left of the Moon.
There is an occultation of the asteroid Ceres by the Moon on the 19th. This only occurs over Antarctica.
At midnight on the 20th in the south east Jupiter is just 3¾ degrees to the right of the Moon.
In the evenings from the 20th - 31st Jupiter will be passing within 2½ degrees to the star Theta Ophiuchi (3.2 mag) in Ophiuchus.
Mercury is at superior conjunction on the 21st.
On the night of the 21st at 1:00am in the south east, Saturn is 11 degrees to the lower left of the Moon. The star Kaus Borealis (2.8 mag) in Sagittarius is 3¼ degrees to the right of the Moon.
At 1:30am on the night of 22nd Saturn is just 2 degrees above the Moon. The star Pi Sagittarii (2.8 mag) is 4 degrees to the upper right of Saturn. An occultation of Saturn by the Moon occurs this evening and will only be visible from the southern tip of Africa and Australia.
An occultation of Pluto by the Moon is on the 23rd. This will occur over northern South America and southern Africa.
Mercury is at Perihelion (its closest to the Sun in its orbit) on the 24th.
From the 23rd -25th Mars passes within 2 degrees of the star Mu Geminorum (2.8 mag) in Gemini.
On the 25th at 4:30am the star Iota Capricorni (4.2 mag) is 2 degrees above left of the Moon.
At 4:00am on the 27th Neptune is 9 degrees above left of the Moon. The star Tau Aquarii (4th mag) is just 2 degrees to the right of the Moon.
On the 28th at 4:00am Neptune is 6 degrees above right of the Moon.
An occultation of the asteroid Vesta by the Moon is on the 30th (the second time this month). This occurs over the coastal regions of the far east Asia, Alaska and western areas of Canada & America.
At 4:15am on the 31st Uranus is 7½ degrees above left of the Moon.
News: Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL successfully inserted its spacecraft, Beresheet into the moon's orbit on the 5th April. The small spacecraft has made Israel the seventh nation to orbit the Moon. On February 21st, the team launched it into Earth's orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket, and for weeks its orbit around the Earth expanded until it reached an elliptical lunar orbit.
Facts: On the 18th May 1981 Helen Sharman became the first woman, and the first British Astronaut in space.
Night Sky 2019 - April
1st – 6:48am
10th – 6:28am
20th – 6:07am
30th – 5:47am
1st – 7:43pm
10th – 7:58pm
20th – 8:14pm
30th – 8:31pm
1st – 6:12am
5th – 6:05am
10th – 5:57am
15th – 5:49am
20th – 5:41am
1st – 5:58am
5th – 5:52am
10th – 5:44am
15th – 5:36am
20th – 5:27am
25th – 5:18am
30th – 5:09am
1st – 5:48am
2nd – 6:12am (ESE)
3rd – 6:34am
4th – 6:53am
5th – 7:13am (E)
6th – 7:32am
7th – 7:54am
8th – 8:18am (ENE)
9th – 8:48am
10th – 9:24am
11th – 10:10am
12th – 11:07am
13th – 12:14pm
14th – 1:19pm
15th – 2:49pm (ENE)
16th – 4:12pm
1st – 3:30pm (WSW)
2nd – 4:35pm
3rd – 5:41pm
4th – 6:48pm (W)
5th – 7:55pm
6th – 9:04pm
7th – 10:14pm (WNW)
8th – 11:25pm
10th – 12:36am
11th – 1:43am
12th – 2:44am
13th – 3:37am
14th – 4:20am
15th – 4:55am (WNW)
16th – 5:25am
17th – 5:51am
17th – 5:34pm
18th – 6:56pm (E)
19th – 8:16pm
20th – 9:35pm (ESE)
21st – 10:51pm
23rd – 12:02am
24th – 1:05am
25th – 2:00am
26th – 2:45am
27th – 3:22am
28th – 3:52am
29th – 4:17am (ESE)
30th - 4:39am
New Moon – 5th
First Quarter – 12th
18th – 6:15am (W)
19th – 6:38am
20th – 7:03am
21st – 7:30am (WSW)
22nd – 8:02am
23rd – 8:39am
24th – 9:24am
25th – 10:15am
26th – 11:12am
27th – 12:13pm
28th – 1:17pm
29th – 2:22pm (WSW)
30th – 3:27pm
Full Moon – 19th
Last Quarter – 26th
A useful site:
A S Zielonka
All times are
There is a planned launch (no earlier than April) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40. It will deliver supplies and equipment to the ISS.
There is a planned launch this month from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA and industry partners are targeting the return of human spaceflight from Florida’s Space Coast. These flight tests will prove the space systems meet NASA’s requirements for certification to carry astronauts to and from the ISS. For this uncrewed flight test, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41.
From the 29th March - 2nd April at 8:00pm Venus passes to the lower left, and to within 3 degrees of the visible star cluster Pleiades.
From the 31st March - 4th April there is a very close conjunction between Mercury and Neptune. By 6:30am they are are a couple of degrees above the horizon and lost in the mornings glow from the Sun. On the 2nd & 3rd they are ½ a degree apart. Neptune is also very in close conjunction with the star Phi Aquarii (4.2 mag) in Aquarius.
On the 1st at 6:10am Venus is in the ESE with the crescent Moon 11 degrees to the right of it. Both only 2 degrees above the horizon.
At 6:20am on the 2nd Venus is in the ESE and 3½ degrees above the horizon with the thin crescent Moon 3½ degrees to the lower right just above the horizon.
Venus will be 2½ degrees above the ESE horizon at 6:10am on the 5th. Mercury is 7 degrees to the left of Venus and just 1 degree above the horizon (100 degrees azimuth) with Neptune just 1½ degrees to the right of Mercury.
The Kappa Serpentids meteor shower reaches its peak through the night of the 5th at around 3:00am.
On the 6th at 8:45pm in the west (279 degrees azimuth) and just 2 degrees above the horizon you may see a very thin crescent Moon. Uranus is 5½ degrees to the upper right of it and just 3½ degrees above the horizon.
At 8:30pm on the 7th the thin crescent Moon is due west with the Pleiades star cluster 18½ degrees directly above it.
On the 8th at 8:30pm Mars will be 9 degrees directly above the crescent Moon. The star Lambda Tauri (3.4 mag) in Taurus is just 4 degrees to the left of the Moon.
From the 8th - 12th at 10:00pm in the south east the asteroid Pallas passes close by to the star Muphrid (2.6 mag) in Bootes. They are closest on the 10th.
(For further information please see the 'Asteroids' section in the website above)
At 8:30pm on the 9th the bright star Aldebaran in Taurus is just 3 degrees below the crescent Moon. Mars is 7 degrees to the right of the Moon.
Mercury reaches aphelion on the 10th
(Its furthest point from the Sun in its orbit).
There is a very close conjunction between Venus and Neptune at 6:00am on the 10th. There position are 2½ degrees above the eastern horizon (103 degrees Azimuth).
On the evening of the 10th around 8:45pm the star Zeta Tauri (2.9 mag) in Taurus is just 1 degree to the right of the Moon.
Mercury is at maximum western elongation on the 11th.
At 8:45pm on the 11th the star Nu Geminorum (4.1 mag) in Gemini is just 2½ degrees to the lower right of the Moon.
On the 12th around 9:30pm the star Kappa Tauri (4.2 mag) in Taurus is a ¼ of a degree above Mars.
On the 12th at 10:00pm the star Kappa Geminorum (3.5 mag) in Gemini is just 3½ degrees to the upper right of the Moon.
At 10:00pm on the 13th the Moon passes in front of some of the fainter stars of the star cluster M44 in Cancer.
On the 14th at 10:00pm the bright star Regulus in Leo is 8 degrees to the lower left of the Moon.
At 10:00pm on the 15th Regulus in Leo is 7½ degrees to the right of the Moon.
On the 16th at 10:00pm the bright star Denebola (2.1 mag) in Leo is 8 degrees to the upper left of the Moon.
There is a scheduled launch on the 17th* at 11:56am* from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman's eleventh contracted commercial resupply services mission, launching aboard an Antares rocket will deliver several tons of cargo including crew supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station (ISS).
At midnight on the 17th the star Porrima (2.7 mag) in Virgo is just 3 degrees to the lower left of the Moon.
Venus reaches aphelion on the 18th
(Its furthest point from the Sun in its orbit).
On the 18th at midnight the star Zeta Virginus (3.3 mag) in Virgo is 4¼ degrees to the upper left of the Moon.
At midnight on the 20th the star Zubeneschamali (2.6 mag) in Libra is 5 degrees to the upper left of the Moon.
On the 21st at midnight the star Nu Scorpii (4 mag) in Scorpius is just 1¼ degrees below right of the Moon.
The Lyrids meteor shower reaches its peak through the night of the 22nd at around 4:00am.
Uranus is at superior conjunction (with the Sun) on the 23rd.
At 5:00am on the 23rd Jupiter is 4 degrees to the lower left of the Moon. The star Xi Ophiuchi (4.3 mag) in Ophiuchus is just 1 degree upper left of the Moon.
The Pi Puppids Meteor shower reaches its peak through the night of the 23rd at around 1:00am.
On the 24th at 5:00am Jupiter is 8 degrees to the right of the Moon. The star Mu Sagittarii (3.8 mag) in Saggitarius is 1¾ degrees above the Moon.
An occultation of Saturn by the Moon is on the 25th. It will be visible from Eastern Australia, New Zealand and from Mexico down to mid-South America.
An occultation of Pluto also occurs on the 25th. This will be visible mainly from Australia and the Indonesian islands.
At 5:00am on the 25th Saturn is 5¼ degrees to the left of the Moon. The star Omicron Sagittarii (3.7 mag) is just 1¼ degrees above the Moon.
On the 26th at 5:00am Saturn is 7 degrees to the upper right of the Moon.
At 5:00am on the 28th the star Nashira (3.6 mag) in Capricornus is 1 degree to the upper left of the Moon.
On the 30th at 5:15am low in the south east the crescent Moon is 4 degrees above the horizon. Neptune is 5 degrees above left of the Moon and 1 degree left of the star Phi Aquarii (4.2 mag) in Aquarius.
* = Dates and times are subject to change.
News: On the 14th March it was announced that NASA is going back to the Moon. The agency has made their goal of a return moon mission, building a new rocket to carry astronauts and planning a space station in orbit around the Moon for the mid 2020s. But during a senate meeting on the 13th, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made a surprising announcement: while humans might be returning to the Moon, it won't be NASA that gets them there.
NASA's InSight Lander has only been on the surface of Mars for a few months, but it seems to already be running into problems. According to an announcement from NASA on the 6th, the lander's ground probe, which was designed to tunnel several feet into the ground, has hit some sort of obstacle and got stuck after reaching just one foot down.
Facts: Minor planet Sedna discovered in 2003 is the most remote object to be found in our Solar System (other than comets). It's at a distance of about 86 Astronomical Units (AU) from the Sun, and that's three times as far as Neptune. It's orbital period is approximately 11,408 years.