The king of planets — the gassy Jupiter — reigns in May, because it reaches opposition, and stays shiny and nobly serves all night time.
Through June, Jupiter sustains its brightest level for the 12 months, reaching opposition — which is when the sun and Jupiter are reverse one another (from Earth’s perspective) at eight:39 p.m. May eight on the East Coast, in response to the U.S. Naval Observatory. Think of it as a “full” Jupiter. The large will probably be -2.5 magnitude, which is kind of shiny, hanging out all night time in the constellation Libra.
Early in May, Jupiter rises in the east-southeast at eight:29 p.m., however by the top of the month the planet rises round 6:15 p.m., nicely earlier than the sun units. On May eight, the day of opposition, Jupiter rises at 7:57 p.m. and the sun units at eight:07 p.m. Late in May, the gibbous moon and Jupiter dance a tango as our lunar object approaches the large planet May 26 and will get shut May 27.
Find Venus in the western heavens throughout the night, when the glowing planet is -Three.9 magnitude, fairly shiny. Our neighboring planet units round 10:20 p.m. early in the month and round 11 p.m. late in May. A really younger, skinny crescent moon nestles close to Venus on the night of May 17. Wispy younger crescent moons at all times seem in the western sky at dusk.
Saturn rises round midnight in the southeast early in May and crosses south earlier than dawn. The ringed planet is a zero-magnitude object (shiny), and on May Four-5, discover the gibbous moon loitering close to Saturn each mornings.
Earth’s different neighboring planet, Mars, ascends the southeastern heavens round 1:30 a.m. early in May, and the reddish planet will get brighter all through the month. The planet begins May at -Zero.Four magnitude, then grows to -Zero.6 magnitude in mid-month and -Zero.9 later in the month, in response to the Royal Astronomical Society (rasc.ca). The apogee moon (its closest level to Earth for the month) finds Mars on May 6 — see it on your early morning canine stroll.
The Eta Aquariid meteors are anticipated to peak on the mornings of May 5 (in response to the International Meteor Organization, imo.net) and May 6 (in response to the Royal Astronomical Society). These capturing stars originate as trailing dusty leftovers from the famed Comet Halley. Skygazers might see as many as 40 meteors an hour, however the shiny gibbous moon will in all probability wash out a lot of the meteors.
●May 5 — Astronomy college students current their analysis on the University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. 9 p.m. View the darkish heavens afterward, climate allowing. www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse.
●May 5 — “Exploring the Sky,” hosted by the National Park Service and the National Capital Astronomers, at Rock Creek Park, close to the Nature Center, in the sector south of Military and Glover roads NW. 9 p.m. capitalastronomers.org.
●May 6 — “Auroras!” a discuss by photographer Denise Silva, on the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club’s common assembly, 163 Research Hall, George Mason University. 7 p.m. novac.com.
●May 7 — “Stars Tonight” on the David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington, adjoining to Washington-Lee High School. 7:30 p.m. $Three. friendsoftheplanetarium.org.
●May 9 — “Deep Earth Through a Diamond Looking Glass,” a lecture by Michael Walter, director of Carnegie Science’s Geophysical Laboratory, who uncovers Earth’s secrets and techniques from beneath. At the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, 6:30 p.m. Free, registration required. carnegiescience.edu/events.
●May 12 — “Stars Disrupted by Super-Massive Black Holes,” a discuss by astronomer Nathaniel Roth, on the National Capital Astronomers common assembly, held on the University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. 7:30 p.m. capitalastronomers.org.
●May 15 — “Watching Water,” a discuss by John Bolten of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, on assessing world water safety and sustainability. At the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress. 11:30 a.m. @librarycongress Web: goo.gl/izFq89.
●May 20 — “The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Microlensing Mission,” a discuss by graduate researcher Sean Terry, on the University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. 9 p.m. Weather allowing, scan the night time heavens afterward. www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse.
●May 23 — “The Hubble Space Telescope: Opening Cosmic Doors for James Webb Space Telescope,” a lecture by Jennifer Wiseman, NASA senior venture scientist. At the Lockheed Martin Imax Theater, National Air and Space Museum. eight p.m. Webcast: goo.gl/3jVNoX. Tickets: goo.gl/abDBRx.
Blaine Friedlander could be reached at [email protected].