In the May 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in this month’s night sky; check back each month for updates on the planets, Moon phases, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Watch May 2016
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac
May highlights of the night sky:
- The brilliant winter constellations, now low in the west at nightfall, plunge into twilight at midmonth and disappear until fall.
- Jupiter, in Leo, sits to the upper left of the Moon on the 14th. The Moon forms a triangle with brilliant Mars and first-magnitude Saturn on the 21st.
- Mars reaches opposition on the 22nd. Rising at sunset at a brilliant magnitude –2.0, it is out all night long. This is the planet’s biggest and brightest ppearance in over a decade, although seeing details on the Martian disk can still be challenging with small telescopes.
- The Moon hovers to the left of Saturn on the 22nd. At dawn, the eastern sky is now empty, with Venus long vanished into the solar glare.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Map May 2016
Use our Sky Map to see the stars in the night sky, constellatinos, and more dark sky events.
The star chart is free and printable to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!