The new moon for May occurs on Wednesday, May 16th, 2007. This makes the weekends of May 12th-13th and May 19th-20th the best weekends for deep sky viewing.
There are two Full Moons for May. The first occurs on May 2nd, 2007. This full moon is known as the Full Flower Moon or Corn Planting Moon. The second full moon in May will occur on May 31st, 2007 and is known by the Strawberry Moon or Rose Moon according to the “Maine Rule”.
Mercury is observable around the last week of May as it emerges from the glare of the evening sun. It will continue to improve its position in the evening sky until June 2nd, 2007 when it reaches its Greatest Eastern Elongation when it will be 23° 22’ from the Sun.
Mercury starts out this month in the constellation Aries (The Ram). On May 8th it moves into the constellation Taurus (The Bull) until May 28th where it finishes the month in the constellation Gemini (The Twins).
Mercury emerges from the Sun’s glare at sunset around May 21st, 2007.
Venus is still the Evening Star for the month of May, being the most dominate object in the western sky after sunset. Venus will continue to improve its position away from the Sun until June 8th when it reaches its Greatest Eastern Elongation when it will be over 45°23’ from the Sun and setting three hours after sunset.
crescent Moon within 1°30’.
Mars is visible in the morning hours all month. Mars begins May in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) and on May 8th, Mars moves into the constellation Pisces (The Fish). On May 24th, Mars moves into the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster) where it will stay until May 29th, when it returns to Pisces.
than 1°40′ from the planet Uranus.
|On May 5th Jupiter will be passed by the waning, gibbous moon which passes within 6°40’ of Jupiter.|
|On May 22nd, the waxing, crescent moon will rise within 1° of the planet Saturn.|
Uranus Rises on May 1st around 4:00am and by the end of the month
Uranus is rising around 2:00 am.
Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010. Neptune rises around 2:00am at the first of the month and by the end of the month Neptune is rising around Midnight.
On May 10th, Neptune rises around 3:15 am (PDT) within 2° 30’ of
the moon at Last Quarter.
Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023. Pluto will spend the entire month between 12°-14° from the planet Jupiter, located in the constellation Ophiuchus (The Snake Bearer). Pluto rises around 11:00 pm (PDT) on the first of the month and by the end of May, Pluto is rising around 9:00 pm (PDT).