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May 2010

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Lunar Events

The New Moon for May occurs on Thursday, May 13th.  This will make the Weekend of May 15-16 the best weekend for dark sky observing.

The Full Moon for May occurs on May 27th and is known as the “Full Strawberry Moon” or “Full Rose Moon.”

Mercury

Mercury appears to the morning hours on May 5th and will be visible as the Morning Star for the rest of the month.

Mercury GWEMercury will reach it’s best morning view on May 25th, when it reaches it’s Greatest Western Elongation and is 25°7’46” from the Sun. Note the red line is the orbit of Mercury and the green line is the Ecliptic.

Mercury begins May in the constellation Aries (The Ram), and on May 9th, Mercury crosses into the constellation Pisces (The Fish).  On May 14th, Mercury moves into the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster) until May 22nd when it returns to the constellation Aries.

Mercury and Moon
On May 12th as Mercury ends its retrograde motion, the waning, crescent Moon will pass less than 6°40’ of Mercury.

Venus

Venus is the Evening Star All Month and is visible after sunset.

Venus begins this month in the constellation Taurus (The Bull) until May 19th, when it crosses into the constellation Gemini (The Twins).

Venus and M35
On May 21st, Venus passes less than 0°50’ from the Open Star cluster known as M35.

Venus and Mensuta
On May 27th, Venus is in near conjunction with the Double Star Mensuta, in Gemini, and passes less than 0°25’ of Mensuta.

Mars

Mars is still in great position for observation in the evening this month.  At the start of May, Mars sets around 2:15 am (PDT) and by the end of the month, Mars sets around 12:50 am (PDT).

Mars begins the month in the constellation Cancer (The Crab) and on May 12th, Mars crosses into the constellation Leo (The Lion).

Mars and Moon
On May 19th, the waxing, crescent Moon sets within 5°45’ of Mars.

Jupiter

Jupiter is observable in the morning hours of May.  At the beginning of May, Jupiter rises around 4:05 am (PDT) and by the end of May it rises, less than 1° away from Uranus, around 2:20 am (PDT).

Jupiter starts the month in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer), But crosses into the constellation Pisces (The Fish) on May 2nd where it remains for the rest of May.

Jupiter and Uranus and Moon
On May 9th, Jupiter rises less than 5°10’ of the waning, crescent Moon and less than 4° of the planet UranusJupiter continues to move closer to Uranus throughout the month of May, ending May less than 1° of Uranus. Jupiter and Uranus will reach conjunction on June 7th.

Saturn

Saturn is located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until December 2012 and is observable during the evening to mid-night hours of May.  Saturn sets around 4:20 am (PDT) at the start of May, and by the end of the month, sets around 2:20 am (PDT).

Saturn and Moon
On May 22nd, the waxing, gibbous Moon passes within 7°45’ of Saturn.

Uranus

Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May 2012. This month, Uranus can be observed in the morning hours before sunrise.  At the start of May, Uranus rises around 4:15 am (PDT) and by the end of the month, Uranus rises around 2:20 am (PDT) and is less than 1° from Jupiter. Jupiter and Uranus will reach conjunction on June 7th.

Jupiter, Uranus and Moon
On May 9th, the waning, crescent Moon passes less than 5°35’ of Uranus.

Jupiter and Uranus
By May 31st , Uranus is less than 1° from Jupiter. Jupiter and Uranus will reach conjunction on June 7th.

Neptune

Neptune is observable in the morning hours of May. At the start of May, Neptune rises around 2:55 am (PDT) and by the end of the month, Neptune rises around 12:50 am (PDT).  Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until August.

Neptune and Moon
On May 7th the waning, crescent Moon passes less than 3°30’ from Neptune.

Pluto

Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023.  Pluto can be observed in the mid-night to morning hours of May.  Pluto rises around 12:25 am (PDT) at the start of May and by the end of the month, Pluto rises as early as 9:20 pm (PDT).

Pluto and Moon
The waning, gibbous Moon passes less than 6° of Pluto on May 2nd.

April 2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Lunar Events

The new moon for April occurs on Wednesday April 14th.  This will make the weekends on April 10-11 and April 17-18 good weekends for dark sky observing.

The full Moon for this month occurs on April 28th and is known as the Full Flower Moon or the Full Corn Planting Moon.

Mercury

Mercury starts this month by crossing from the constellation Pisces (The fish) into the constellation Aries (The Ram).  Mercury will remain in Aries for the duration of the month.

On April 1st, Venus and Mercury will be a mere 3°10’ from each other. Venus and Mercury
Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation

 

Mercury reaches its best evening observing on April 8, when it reaches its Greatest Eastern Elongation.  On the 8th, Mercury will be 19°20’60” from the Sun.

Note: The Red line is the orbit of Mercury and the green line is the Ecliptic.

Mercury is observable in the evening hours of April until the 21st, when it disappears into the glare of the Sunset.

Venus

Venus is the Evening Star for the month of April. Venus begins the month in the constellation Aries (The Ram) and on April 19th, Mercury crosses into the constellation Taurus (The Bull).

On April 1st, Venus and Mercury will be a mere 3°10’ from each other. Venus and Mercury

Venus and Pleiades
On April 24th, Venus will pass within 3°40’ of the asterism Pleiades (M45).

Mars

Mars is still in excellent position for the evening and late hours of April and is located in the constellation Cancer (The Crab) for the entire month.  Mars sets around 2:45 am (PST) at the start of april and sets around 1:15am (PST) by the end of the month.

Mars and Beehive Cluster
During April, Mars can be found in the general vicinity of the Beehive Cluster (M44).  On April 16th, Mars will pass within 1°10’ of the Beehive Cluster.

Jupiter

Jupiter is observable in the morning hours of April in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer).  Jupiter rises at the start of April around 4:45 am (PST) and by the end of the month is rising around 3:10 am (PST).

Jupiter and Moon
On April 11th, the waning, crescent moon will pass within 4°50’ of the Jupiter.

Saturn

Saturn is located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until December 2012.  Saturn is observable in the evening and very late hours of April. At the start of the month Saturn sets around 5:25 am (PST) and by the end of the month Saturn will set around 3:25 am (PST).

Saturn and Moon On April 25th, Saturn rises within 10° of the waxing, gibbous moon.

Uranus

Uranus emerges from the glare of the sunrise around April 2nd. Uranus is observable in the morning hours before sunrise.  At the beginning of April Uranus rises around 5:10 am (PST) and, by the end of April, Uranus rises around 3:20 am (PST). Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May 2012.

Uranus and Moon
On April 12th, the waning, crescent moon passes within 5°15’ of Uranus.

Neptune

Located in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until August 2010, Neptune is observable in the early morning hours of April. Neptune rises at the start of the month around 3:50 am (PST) and by the end of the month Neptune rises around 2:00 am (PST).

Neptune and Moon
On April 9th, the waning, crescent moon passes within 3°50’ of Neptune.

Pluto

Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023.  Pluto is observable from the very early morning hours of April.  At the start of the month Pluto rises around 12:30 am (PST) and, by the end of the month, Pluto rises around 10:40 pm (PST).

Pluto and Moon
On April 5th, the waning, gibbous moon passes within 5° of Pluto.

March 2010

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Vernal Equinox

Spring begins on March 20th when the Spring Equinox occurs. The Spring Equinox occurs when the tilt of the Earth is in tangent with the orbit of Earth around the Sun.  This point marks the beginning of Spring.  An Equinox has an equal amount of daylight and nighttime.

Lunar Events

The New Moon for March occurs on Monday, March 15th; this will make the weekend of March 13-14 as the best weekend for dark sky observing.

The Full Moon for March occurs on March 29th and is known as the “Full Pink Moon” or the “Pascal Moon.”

Moon and Pleiades

On March 20th, on the Spring Equinox, the waxing crescent Moon is passing through the asterism Pleiades (M45).

Moon Beehive Cluster M44

On March 25th, the waxing, gibbous Moon passes within 3°30’ of the

Beehive Cluster (M44).

Moon and Spica

March 30th finds the waning, gibbous Moon passing within 3°

of the star Spica.

Mercury

Mercury is observable in the evening hours, after March 26th as it emerges from the glare of the sunset.

Mercury and Venus

On March 31st, Mercury and Venus will be about 3°25’ of each other.

Unseen due to the position relative to the Sun, Mercury begins the month in the constellation Aquarius (The Water bearer) and on March 14th, passes into the constellation Pisces (The Fish). On March 20th, Mercury brief crosses into the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster), and 13.5 hours later, returns to constellation Pisces where it finishes out the month.

Venus

Venus is observable all month in the evening hours of March.  Venus begins this month in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) and on March 3rd crosses into the constellation Pisces (The Fish).  Starting March 12 Venus starts to cross the corner of the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster) and returns to Pisces 50 hours later on March 14th. Finally, Venus moves into the constellation Aries (The Ram) on March 30th.

Venus and Uranus

On March 3rd, Venus passes less than 1° of Uranus.

Moon and Venus

On March 16th, Venus sets within 6°20’ of the waxing, crescent moon.

Mars

Mars is located in the constellation Cancer (The Crab) all month and is visible from evening to early morning hour throughout March.  Mars is in excellent position for observation due to it reaching Opposition on January 29th.  Mars sets around 4:40 am (PST) at the start of the month and by the end of the month is setting around 3:40 am (PDT)

Moon and  Mars

On March 25, Mars sets less than 5°20’ of the waxing, gibbous moon.

Jupiter

Jupiter is located in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) all month. However Jupiter is not observable until around March 20th when it emerges from the glare of the morning Sunrise; rising around 5:00am (PST).

Saturn

This month Saturn will be in the absolute best position for observation as it reaches opposition on March 21, 2010.  Saturn is opposite to the sun relative to our position on Earth, so, Saturn will be up all night, rising as the Sun sets and setting when the Sun Rises.

Saturn is located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until December, 2012.

Saturn and Moon

On March 1st, Saturn rises 7°35’ of the waning, gibbous Moon.

Saturn and Moon

On March 29th, Saturn rises within 8°15’ of the waxing, gibbous Moon.

Uranus

The Planet Uranus is located in  the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May of 2012.  Due to its position relative to the Sun, Uranus will on be observable this month.

Neptune

Neptune can be observed this month just before sunrise.  It rises around 5:50 am (PST) at the start of the month and by the end of March, is rising around 4:55 am (PDT). On March 23rd, Neptune crosses from the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) to the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) where it will remain until August.

Moon and Nptune

On March 13th, Neptune rises within 3° of the waning, crescent moon.

Pluto

Pluto is observable during most of  the morning hours of March.  Pluto rises around 2:30 am (PST) at the start of March and around 1:30 am (PDT), by the end of March.  The planet Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023.

Moon and Pluto

On March 9th, Pluto rises within 8° of the waning, crescent moon.


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