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What’s Up for May?

What’s Up for May?

This month, Jupiter is well placed for evening viewing, Saturn
rises before midnight and the moon dances with Venus, Mercury and Mars.
 

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Jupiter climbs higher in the southeast sky earlier in the evening this month, instead of having to wait until midnight for the planet to make an appearance. You can even see with just a pair of binoculars–even the four Galilean moon! 

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You can even see with just a pair of binoculars–even Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto–the four Galilean moons–as they change position each night! 

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Our moon appears near Jupiter in the nighttime sky from May 5-8.

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The moon joins Venus and Mercury in the eastern sky just before sunrise on May 22 and May 23.

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Later in the month, our moon pairs up with Mars in the west-northwest sky on May 26.

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Saturn will be visible before midnight in early May, rising about 11:30 p.m. and by 9:30 p.m. later in the month. The best time to see Saturn Saturn is when it’s higher in the sky after midnight near the end of the month.

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Using a telescope, you may be able to see Saturn’s cloud bands, or even a glimpse of Saturn’s north polar region–views that were beautifully captured by our Cassini spacecraft.

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