Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch May 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- Mercury has its best evening star appearance of 2015 in the first half of the month, in Taurus. It stands left of the Pleiades on the 1st and is brightest for the first few days of the month.
- Jupiter stands high in the southwest at dusk but sets before midnight. It stands above the waxing Moon on the 23rd.
- The month belongs to Saturn, brighter than it has appeared in over a decade. It stands at opposition on the night of the 22nd, rising at dusk and remaining out all night long. Its rings are nearly as wide “open” as possible, a glorious sight through any telescope magnification above 30x.
Sky Map May 2015
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