Sky Watch: May 2017

April 29, 2017
Universe at Night

Welcome to the May 2017 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch May 2017

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s up in May? Here are the highlights:

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

  • Mars, just to the right of Aldebaran in Taurus from the 1st to the 4th, sinks lower and is hard to see by month’s end.

  • Jupiter is brilliant and hovers dramatically close to the Moon on the 7th.

  • Saturn, now rising before midnight, stands to the right of the Moon on the 13th.

  • On the 18th, Mercury begins a rather poor morning star apparition that lasts the rest of the month.

  • Also in the predawn eastern sky, Venus rises by 4:30 and shines brilliantly, standing strikingly to the left of the crescent Moon on the 22nd.

  • Three days later, while new, the Moon reaches its closest approach to Earth of the entire year. Expect strong tides from the 25th to the 27th.

Sky Map May 2017

skymap_march2017_half_width.pngUse our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky. 

We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!

Click here for our free May Sky Map!


The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac

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