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  Sky Calendar -- May 2009
1 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 14h UT (evening sky).
1 First Quarter Moon at 20:44 UT.
3 Moon near Regulus at 4h UT (evening sky).
4 Moon near Saturn at 6h UT (evening sky). Mag +0.8.
6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 0h UT. Active from April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 10-20 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere.
Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2009 (IMO)
7 Moon near Spica at 5h UT (evening sky).
9 Full Moon at 4:01 UT. The full Moon of May is called the Planting Moon or Milk Moon.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
10 Moon very near Antares at 21h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from SE Europe, NE Africa, and Southern Asia.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
14 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 404,915 km; angular size 29.5').
15 Titan Shadow Transit from 5:30 to 10:35 UT. The shadow of Titan passes across the face of Saturn. View with a 6-inch or larger aperture telescope.
17 Moon near Jupiter at 5h UT (morning sky).
17 Last Quarter Moon at 7:26 UT.
18 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 10h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
21 Moon near Venus at 3h UT (morning sky). Mag -4.4.
24 New Moon at 12:11 UT. Start of lunation 1069.
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 4h UT (361,153 km; 33.1').
27 Jupiter 0.39° SSE of Neptune at 10h UT (morning sky). Mags. -2.4 and +7.9.
28 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 20h UT (evening sky).
30 Moon near Regulus at 10h UT (evening sky).
31 First Quarter Moon at 3:22 UT.
31 Moon near Saturn at 12h UT (evening sky).
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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