Phases of the Moon
|Last Quarter:||May 8|
|New Moon:||May 15|
|First Quarter:||May 22|
|Full Moon:||May 29|
Venus on Evening Sky
Venus is observable very easily after the local sunset. It moves from the constellation Taurus to Gemini during the month. It is very bright, around (-3.9) mag. On evening, May 17, the very narrow Moon will be about 5 degrees south of Venus. In the night on May 27/28 the planet will be very close to the star Epsilon Geminorum (3.0 mag). You can observe this event in small binoculars or by naked eye.
Jupiter at Opposition
In May, the largest planet of our solar system is "the king of the sky." On May 9, Jupiter is at opposition, i.e., on the straight line "Sun-Earth-Jupiter" and closest to our planet Earth. It rises over the eastern horizon when Sun sets down, and it is observable through the whole night. Its angular diameter has about 45 arc - seconds. With the larger telescope (with lenses / mirror of about 80 - 100mm diameter) and magnification of about 100x, you can see beautiful belts on the planet and the huge Great Red Spot - the largest storm in its atmosphere. However, you will need also a sturdy tripod. Also, four largest moons (Io, Europa, Ganymed and Callisto) can be observed and their mutual motion can be studied from night to night.
Mars Observation: Great perihelic opposition 2018
On Mars, there is the equinox on May 23. The autumn begins on the northern hemisphere and the spring begins on the southern one. The southern hemisphere begins to incline towards Sun (and Earth) and the South Polar Cap should have its maximum observable width. In contrast, the northern polar region should contain more and more mist and clouds, which will start to freeze down to the surface and form the new North Polar Cap. However, the new North Polar Cap remains hidden behind clouds and mist, and is not observable now. At equinox, the visible diameter of Mars reaches 14 arc-seconds and continually increases.