This page shows a brief summary of what interesting things we can see in the sky this month.
A more detailed version of 'What's Up' this month is available as a downloadable Word document right at the bottom of this page.
Summer is coming, nights are getting shorter, but it's not dark till late. A good meteor shower but it's during a bright Moon. A solar eclipse meet on Barr Beacon next month.
The Sun - Is way past sunspot minimum with plenty of activity.
The phases of the Moon are as follows:
Darkest nights for observing, due to lack of moonlight, will be from 8th to the 14th May.
A rare evening apparition, almost touching Venus on 11th May, highest on 18th May.
A brilliant evening object almost touching Mercury on the 11th of May.
Mars, is now setting just after sunset is too low and too far away for good observation.
Jupiter now rising at 4:00 am on the 1st and 2:00 am on the 31st - look southeast.
Saturn rises to the right of Jupiter at the same time.
Uranus is too close to the Sun to observe.
Neptune is not visible, but becoming a difficult morning object at the end of the month.
No bright comets this month.
No bright asteroids this month.
The Eta Aquarids peak on the night of 5th and 6th (Wednesday night –Thursday Morning) but a gibbous Moon spoils the show.