May is a great month for viewing. On May 4th Jupiter will be at planetary opposition to the Earth, giving us fantastic views of Jupiter for the next few months. The New Moon for May occurs on May 26th. This makes the weekend of May 27th - 28th the best weekend for deep sky viewing.
The Full Moon for May, also known as the “Flower Moon,” occurs on May 12th.
Mercury is visible the first week or so in May in the Constellation Pisces (The Fish) and then disappears into the glare of the Sun. Mercury will re-appear in the evening at the very end of the month, by then in the Constellation Taurus (The Bull).
May 25, 2006 - Venus rises within 6Ã‚Â° of the waning crescent Moon
Venus can be found all month in the morning hours before sunrise. Venus starts out this month in the Constellation Pisces until May 8th when Venus crosses into the Constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster). On May 12th Venus returns to Pisces where it remains until May 31st when it finishes the month moving into the Constellation Aries (The Ram).
Mars is visible all month during the evening hours. Mars starts the month in the Constellation Gemini, but on May 3rd, Mars moves into the Constellation Cancer (The Crab) where is will remain for the rest of the month.
May 1st, 2006 - Mars and the Moon sets within 5Ã‚Â° of each other.
Jupiter is at opposition on May 4th. This will provide great view of Jupiter from now for the next few months. When a planet is at opposition to Earth, it is opposite to the Sun, rising as the Sun sets and visible all night until the Sun rises. Also near opposition, is when a planet is physically closest to the Earth so that views of the planets are the best possible view from Earth.