Celestial events of May 2022

On the first of May, before dawn, we will witness a rare close approach of two bright planets — Venus and Jupiter. Mars will approach Jupiter on the 29th. On the morning of May 16, the beginning of a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the western part of Ukraine. Also, the last month of spring will be the best time to observe comet C/2021 O3 (PanSTARRS) in our latitudes, which will never return to the Sun again. Its visible brightness will gradually decrease from the 6th to the 8th magnitude.

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction in the evening sky

May 1

  • Venus (-4,1ᵐ) is 0.2° south of Jupiter (-2.1ᵐ)

May 2

  • The Moon is 2° south of Mercury (0.8ᵐ)

May 5

  • The Moon is at its apogee, 405285 km from the center of the Earth
  • The maximum activity of the meteor shower is η-Aquarids (up to 60 meteors per hour)
  • Sun conjunct Uranus

May 7

  • The Moon is 3° south of Pollux (α Geminorum, 1,2ᵐ)

May 9

  • The Moon is in the phase of the first quarter
  • The Moon covers the star of η Leo (3,5ᵐ)

May 10

  • The Moon is 4° north of Regulus (α Leo, 1,3ᵐ)

May 13

  • The Moon covers the star γ Virgo (3,4ᵐ)

May 14

  • The Moon is 4° north of Spica (α Virgo, 1.0ᵐ)

May 15

  • The Moon covers the star λ Virgo (4,5ᵐ)

May 16

  • Full Moon. Total lunar eclipse (the beginning is visible in Ukraine)

May 17

  • The Moon covers the star of the ο Scorpii (4,5ᵐ)
  • The Moon is 3° north of Antares (α Scorpii, 1.0ᵐ)
  • The Moon is at perigee, 360297 km from the center of the Earth

May 18

  • Mars (0.8ᵐ) is 0.5° south of Neptune (7.9ᵐ)

May 21

  • Mercury is in inferior conjunction with the Sun

May 22

  • The Moon is in the last quarter phase
  • The Moon is 6° south of Saturn (0.8ᵐ)

May 25

  • The Moon is 4° south of Mars (0.7ᵐ) and Jupiter (-2.2ᵐ)

May 27

  • The Moon is 1° south of Venus (-4.0ᵐ)

May 29

  • Mars is 0.6° south of Jupiter

May 30

  • Full Moon
  • Maximum activity of the Herculid meteor shower (up to 20 meteors per hour)

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