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  Sky Calendar -- May 2014
1 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 18h UT.
4 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -2.0.
6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 7h UT. Active April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 30 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere observing a few hours before dawn.
The Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk)
The Eta Aquarids (IMO)
6 Moon near Beehive Cluster (evening sky) at 9h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 404,318 km; angular size 29.6').
7 First Quarter Moon at 3:16 UT.
8 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 7h UT.
10 Astronomy Day 2014 is today! Astronomy clubs, planetariums, observatories, and science museums will offer a variety of public activities.
Astronomy Day (The Astronomical League)
10 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 18h UT. The ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.1) and closest all year (disk diameter 19"). Saturn's rings appear spectacular even in a small telescope.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
11 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 12h UT.
12 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 14h UT.
14 Moon very near Saturn (175° from Sun, midnight sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +0.1. Occultation visible from Australia and New Zealand.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
14 Full Moon at 19:18 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 22h UT.
18 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 12h UT (367,102 km; angular size 32.5').
21 Last Quarter Moon at 12:59 UT.
25 Mercury at greatest elongation, 23° east of Sun (evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.5.
25 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. -4.0.
28 New Moon at 18:42 UT. Start of lunation 1131.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
30 Moon near Mercury (22° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. +1.1.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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