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May
15
Sat
The Moon & Mars
May 15 @ 11:00 pm – 11:15 pm

On Saturday the 15th of May at 23.00 hrs

a 14% lit Waxing Crescent Moon will be slightly below and to the right of the Planet Mars

If you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

May
17
Mon
M44 and the Moon
May 17 @ 10:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On the night of Monday the 17th of May at 22.00 hrs

a 31% lit Waxing Crescent Moon will be 3.1° to the right of M44/ The Beehive Cluster

if you plan to observe /image this event remember to dress for the conditions

May
18
Tue
The lunar V and the Lunar X
May 18 @ 11:45 pm – May 19 @ 12:45 am

A Clair Obscur effect will develop along the lunar terminator

( the division between the illuminated and non illuminated ) surface of the Moon

From approx 23.45 on Tuesday the 18th of May until approx 00.45 on Wednesday the 19th of May

the effect known as the Lunar V & the Lunar X should become visible

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

 

May
20
Thu
The History of the Discovery of Pluto & The Exploration of Pluto by the New Horizons Spacecraft
May 20 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Dr Will Grundy & Mr Kevin Schindler from The Lowell Observatory, Arizona

Will be talking to us about

The History of the Discovery of Pluto

And the exploration of Pluto by the NASA Spacecraft New Horizons

The usual joining procedure will apply

May
26
Wed
Noctilucent -“night shining”cloud / Season from Mid to late May to early August
May 26 all-day

From Mid to late May until the early part of August

Noctilucent clouds could be visible in the NW sky approx 90 – 120 mins after Sunset

and  could also be visible in the NE sky approx 90 – 120 mins before Sunrise

 

This image shows how NLC could appear in the sky, they are normally Blue or Silver,

but can sometimes be Orange or Red

Full Moon
May 26 @ 9:45 pm – 9:45 pm

On Wednesday the 26th of May there is a full Moon

with  Moonrise at approx 21.45 hrs in the SE part of the sky

if you plan to observe /image this event remember to dress for the conditions

May
28
Fri
Mercury & Venus
May 28 @ 10:00 pm – 10:15 pm

On Friday the 28th of May at 22.00 hrs the Planets Mercury & Venus

will be 32 Arcminutes or 0.53° apart

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

May
31
Mon
Jupiter 20° above the horizon
May 31 @ 1:45 am – 4:45 am

In the early hours of Monday the 31ts of May

the planet Jupiter will rise in the ESE part of the sky approx 3 hrs before Sunrise

and at approx 04.20 hrs reach an altitude of 20° above the horizon

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Saturn and the Moon
May 31 @ 2:30 am – 2:30 am

At approx 02.30 hrs on the morning of Monday the 31st of May

the planet Saturn will be 5° Nth of a 72% lit Waning Gibbous Moon

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions