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  Sky Calendar -- May 2024
1 Last Quarter Moon at 11:27 UT.
4 Moon near Saturn at 0h UT (morning sky). Mag. 1.2.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
4 Moon, Mars and Neptune within circle 4.1° diameter at 19h UT (44° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 1.1 and 7.9.
5 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Most active for 7 days around this date. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 40 per hour. Best seen from the tropics and southern hemisphere a few hours before dawn.
Eta Aquarids (Wikipedia)
AMS Meteor Shower Calendar 2024-2025 (IMO)
5 Moon near Mars at 3h UT (morning sky). Mag. 1.1. Occultation visible from Madagascar.
Disappearance and Reappearance Times (IOTA)
Lunar occultation of Mars (In-The-Sky)
5 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 22:08 UT (distance 363,163km; angular size 32.9').
6 Moon near Mercury at 6h UT (26° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 0.7.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
8 New Moon at 3:23 UT. Start of lunation 1254.
9 Moon near the Pleiades at 1h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
9 Mercury at greatest elongation west at 21h UT (26° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 0.5.
11 Moon near M35 star cluster at 8h UT (evening sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near Castor at 17h UT (evening sky).
12 Moon near Pollux at 23h UT (evening sky).
14 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 2h UT (evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
15 First Quarter Moon at 11:48 UT.
15 Moon near Regulus at 23h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 404,640km; angular size 29.5').
18 Jupiter at conjunction with the Sun at 19h UT. The largest planet passes into the morning sky.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
18 Asteroid 2 Pallas at opposition at 23h UT. Mag. 9.0.
2 Pallas (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Spica at 12h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
23 Full Moon at 13:55 UT.
24 Moon near Antares at 4h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from SE USA, Caribbean, Central America, and West Africa.
Antares (Wikipedia)
Disappearance and Reappearance Times (IOTA)
Occultation of Antares (In-The-Sky)
30 Last Quarter Moon at 17:12 UT.
31 Moon near Saturn at 9h UT (morning sky). Mag. 1.2. Occultation visible from southern South America.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
Disappearance and Reappearance Times (IOTA)
Occultation of Saturn (In-The-Sky)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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