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The sky is not a painting, it's a movie. Stars pulse, flare, some explode as supernova, asteroids whiz by the earth, new comets appear in the sky, Aurora sets the northern skies ablaze and meteors streak through Earth's atmosphere.
The Full Moon for May
The Full Flower Moon. May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.. Courtesy Farmers Almanac.
May Lunar Highlights
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The Planets Visibility for May
Evening sky WNW
Mercury now at 0.8 magnitude May 9th is now at its greatest elongation on May 7th from the Sun and is visible now in the evening sky.
Evening sky WNW
Venus May 9 is at -4.2 magnitude, a diameter of 00°00'.15", a phase of 63.58% and located in the constellation Gemini. It is very prominent right after sunset above the west northwest horizon.
Lost in glare of Sun
To find Mars look for a reddish object low in the west northwest sky. To see which part of the surface is visible at any time, check out the Mars Profiler at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web page.
Evening sky S
Jupiter has "double shadow transit" of it's Moons Io and Ganymede on May 27. From 10:01 pm EDT until 12:18 am EDT, the tiny dark shadows of Io and Ganymede are on the disk simultaneously. The moons themselves are visible as well;
Evening sky ESE
Saturn midmonth is at +0.1 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.18" rising around 9:03 p.m. in the east southeast. It will be highest in the sky in around 3:00 a.m. midmonth. Saturn is in the constellation Scorpius and moves into Libra around midmonth. Through a small telescope Saturn will reveal the famous rings of the planet. Rings currently are 24.0° tilt. See: Saturn's moons locations
Morning Sky E
Uranus midmonth at 5.9 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.03" rising around 4:19 a.m. in the east. Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a green-gray disk. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
Morning Sky ESE
Neptune midmonth is at 7.9 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.02" rising around 2:48 a.m. in the east. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a blue green disk. Neptune is located in the constellation Aquarius. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
Pluto at midmonth is located amid the stars of the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. Pluto is at magnitude +14.2 and diameter 00°00'.00" rising at 1:50 a.m. A large telescope is needed to see this distant object.
Comets Brighter than 8 Magnitude
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 7.4 magnitude located in Cepheus, now quickly fading.
For more on current Comets and locations see: Seiichi Yoshida web site here.
The Eta Aquarid meteors peak on the morning hours of May 6, these meteors are remnants of a debris stream left by Halley's Comet. The light from the waning gibbous Moon will hamper viewing fainter meteors of about 10 per hour at best.
Some local links below to Heavens Above satellite information website.
Also see: Spaceflight NASA
Real time solar wind dials are linked live to the ACE Spacecraft.
If the dial on the left (Magnetic Field) has dipped below zero, the speed is high and the dial dynamic pressure is in the yellow/red, be alert for Aurora. Anytime the gauges are in the Red and the dial on the left, the Magnetic Field BZ has dipped to the yellow-red... Aurora will be occurring in our area. See link to solar wind gauge here: REAL TIME SOLAR WIND
See explanation of solar wind dials below by clicking on photo of dials