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  Sky Calendar -- May 2012
1 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.0.
4 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 19h UT.
4 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.3.
5 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. 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 observing a few hours before dawn. Unfavorable in 2012 due to bright moonlight.
The Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (April to June) (IMO)
6 Full Moon at 3:35 UT. Largest this year.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 4h UT (356,955 km; 33.5'). Nearest in 2012. Occurs very close to Full Moon. Very high tides expected.
Earth-Moon Distance vs Full Moon (Geert Barentsen)
7 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 18h UT.
12 Last Quarter Moon at 21:47 UT.
13 Jupiter at conjunction with the Sun at 13h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
19 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 16h UT (distance 406,448 km; angular size 29.4').
20 New Moon at 23:47 UT. Start of lunation 1106.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
20 Annular Solar Eclipse from 22:00 to 1:30 UT (5/21). Annular (ring-like) eclipse visible on a narrow path from southern coast of China (sunrise), across parts of Japan (including Tokyo), across the North Pacific, before making landfall near the California-Oregon coast (22° above horizon at 6:24 PDT), then across the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks to Albuquerque (5° above horizon), before sunset near Lubbock in Western Texas. The partial phase is visible across Asia, the vast Pacific Ocean, and North America.
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2012 May 20 (NASA/Google Map)
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2012 May 20 (NASA/PDF)
Eclipses in 2012 (NASA inc Maps & Tables)
May 20th's Annular Eclipse of the Sun (Sky & Telescope)
22 Moon near Venus (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -4.5. A telescope will show Venus as a thin crescent.
26 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 12h UT.
Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia)
27 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 11h UT. The planet passes into the evening sky.
28 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 5h UT.
28 First Quarter Moon at 20:15 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

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