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  Sky Calendar -- May 2019
2 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. −3.9.
Venus (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Mercury (19° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. −0.5.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
4 New Moon at 22:46 UT. Start of lunation 1192.
6 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 5h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 14h 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. Ideal viewing conditions this year.
Eta Aquariids (Wikipedia)
2019 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
6 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 1.7.
Mars (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 3h UT.
11 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 13h UT.
12 First Quarter Moon at 1:12 UT.
12 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 17h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
13 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21:54 UT (369,009 km; angular size 32.4').
16 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 12h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
18 Venus 1.1° SSE of Uranus (23° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 5.9.
18 Full Moon at 21:10 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 21h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −2.6.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
21 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 13h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
22 Moon near Saturn (131° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. 0.3. Occultation visible from South Africa.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
Saturn (Wikipedia)
26 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 404,138 km; angular size 29.6').
26 Last Quarter Moon at 16:33 UT.
28 Ceres at opposition at 22h UT (176° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 7.0.
Ceres (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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