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  Sky Calendar -- May 2005
1 Last Quarter Moon at 6:24 UT.
2 Moon near Mars at 17h UT (71° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. +0.6.
5 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 24h UT. Active from April 19 to May 28. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 30-50 per hour are forecast. Skywatchers in North America should look in the southeast 1 to 2 hours before dawn on 6 May.
6 Moon near Mercury at 7h UT (25° from Sun, morning sky). Mercury at mag. +0.1.
8 New Moon at 8:45 UT. Beginning of lunation 1019.
9 Moon near Venus at 5h UT (10° from Sun, evening sky). Venus at mag. -3.8. Very low and difficult.
11 Moon near Pollux at 16h UT (evening sky).
16 First Quarter Moon at 8:57 UT.
16 Moon near Regulus at 18h UT (evening sky).
14 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 14h UT (distance 404,600 km; angular size 29.5').
19 Moon very near Jupiter at 22h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from Brazil and South Africa. Jupiter at mag. -2.3.
21 Moon near Spica at 1h UT (evening sky).
23 Full Moon at 20:18 UT. The full Moon of May is called the "Planting Moon" or "Milk Moon".
24 Moon very near Antares at 8h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from North and Central America.
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (distance 364,241 km; size 32.8').
30 Last Quarter Moon at 11:47 UT.
31 Moon very near Mars at 9h UT (78° from Sun, morning sky). Occultation visible from southern regions of Chile and Argentina. Mars at mag. +0.3.
MORNING PLANETS: Mercury (mag. +0.3 to -2.0) very low in the east. Mars (mag. +0.5) climbs higher each day in southeast.
EVENING PLANETS: Saturn dims slightly (mag. +0.2) but remains well-placed in the evening sky. Jupiter visible most of the night and very bright (mag. -2.3). Venus (-3.8) very low in the west-northwest climbs higher but remains in bright twilight all month.
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT ­ 4 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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