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Guide to the Night Sky 2020
2020 Guide to the Night Sky

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  Sky Calendar -- May 2020
2 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 6h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
4 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
5 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 21h UT. Most active for 7 days around this date. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 40 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere observing a few hours before dawn. Moonlight interferes this year.
Eta Aquariids (Wikipedia)
2020 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
5 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 23h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 2:56 UT (distance 359,654 km; angular size 33.2').
7 Full Moon at 10:44 UT.
9 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 1h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. −2.4.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
12 Moon, Jupiter and Saturn within a circle of diam. 4.7° (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mags. −2.4 and 0.5.
12 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. 0.5.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
14 Last Quarter Moon at 14:02 UT.
15 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. 0.2.
Mars (Wikipedia)
18 Jupiter 4.7° WSW of Saturn (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mags. −2.5 and 0.6.
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 8h UT (distance 405,583 km; angular size 29.5').
22 Mercury 0.9° SE of Venus (19° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mags. −0.6 and −4.2.
22 New Moon at 17:39 UT. Start of lunation 1205.
24 Moon, Mercury and Venus within a circle of diam. 4.4° (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. −0.4 and −4.2.
24 Moon near Mercury (20° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −0.4.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Castor (evening sky) at 15h UT.
26 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 20h UT.
27 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 21h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
29 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 12h UT.
30 First Quarter Moon at 3:29 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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