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Saturday, May 06, 2017


Southern Skywatch May, 2017 edition is now out!

Morning sky as seen on May 23 and hour before sunrise. The crescent Moon is close to crescent Venus. with Uranus and Mercury below. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).

The May edition of Southern Skywatch is  up (still late again, sorry, but getting better).

This month  Mars is low to the horizon.

 Jupiter is in an ideal position to watch the banded world in a telescope. Jupiter is a a bit over a hand-span from the bright star Spica for most of this month. On the 8th the Moon, Jupiter and Spica from a triangle.

Saturn climbs higher in the evening sky this month. Saturn is close to the Triffid and Lagoon Nebulae. On the 13th Saturn is close to the waning Moon.

Mercury climbs higher in the morning sky this month, and is in an excellent position for viewing. On the 24th Mercury and the crescent Moon are close.

Venus climbs higher in the  morning sky this month. The crescent Moon is close to crescent Venus on the 23rd.

The eta Aqauriid meteor shower is visible in the morning on the 7th -9th. 


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