May Astronomy

May Astronomy

April 30, 2022| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

May welcomes the return of some of summer’s brighter stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast. 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. A few “winter” stars linger on the western horizon, including the Twins of Gemini in the west, but more interesting is the elusive Mercury putting on its best evening show of 2022, a bright spark in the twilight. Mars is much higher but dimmer as it slides past the feet of Gemini, while early risers will find the Jupiter and Saturn paired together in the southeast.

The moon will be covered by Earth’s shadow creating a total lunar eclipse best viewed from midnight to 1:00 AM on May 16.

Sunrise May 1 5:41AM EDT
Sunset May 1 7:55 PM EDT Length of Day 14h 14m
Sunrise May 31 5:10 AM EDT
Sunset May 31 8:27 PM EDT Length of Day 15h 17m

First Quarter Moon on the 8th
Full “Flower” Moon on the 16th
Last Quarter Moon on the 22nd
New Moon on the 30th

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