As May welcomes the return of some of the brighter summer stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast, we watch the rapid descent of Venus, well-placed in the west during the first week, but fading in the Sun’s glare by Memorial Day. On its way, it encounters Mercury, climbing higher into the west-northwest. High in the south, Leo the Lion prowls toward the southwest through the month, while high above, the Big Dipper guides you with its handle to “arc” to Arcturus, then “spike” to Spica, both stars in the south. Early risers will find the planetary giants Jupiter and Saturn paired together, while Mars brightens well to their left.
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!