Current Night Sky: May 2015

The Moon & Planets: 
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Mercury, NW
  • Venus, W
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, SE
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Saturn, SW
  • Neptune, SE
  • Uranus, E
Comets: 

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) crosses from Cassiopeia into Cepheus, but is rapidly fading; after the first week of May it should dip below 8th magnitude. There are no other comets brighter than magnitude 8.

Meteors: 

The Eta Aquarid meteors peak on the morning hours of May 6; these are remnants of a debris stream left by Halley's Comet on a prior passage. Unfortunately, this year the light from the waning gibbous Moon will drown out the fainter meteors; you may expect to see about 10 per hour at best.

Phases of the Moon: 
Full Moon May 3 11:42 am EDT
Last Quarter Moon May 11 6:36 am EDT
New Moon May 18 12:13 am EDT
First Quarter Moon May 25 1:19 pm EDT

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