Society News Headlines
- May 1st: Comet 148P/Anderson-LINEAR at perihelion (1.694AU).
- May 2nd: Comet 024P/Schaumasse at perihelion (1.205 AU).
- May 4th: Venus at greatest brilliancy.
- May 5th: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower max
- May 5th: 40th Anniversary (1961) of launch of Alan Shepard aboard Freedom 7 spacecraft. First USA man in Space.
- May 7th: Mercury is 4° North of Saturn.
- May 8th: Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach at Perihelion (2.330AU).
- May 10th: Mars 1.9° South of moon.
- May 11th: Neptune is stationary.
- May 11th: Mars is stationary.
- May 11th: 85th Anniversary (1916) of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity publication.
- May 12th: Mercury 8° North of Aldebaran.
- May 14th: Neptune 3° North of Moon.
- May 15th: Uranus 3° North of Moon.
- May 16th: Mercury 3° North of Jupiter.
- May 18th: Ceres is stationary.
- May 18th: AGM of Liverpool Astronomical Society at the Crypt Concert Room, 7pm – 9:30pm – followed by Members Observational reports.
- May 19th: AGM of Web Society.
- May 19th: Venus 4° North of Moon.
- May 20th: Vesta is 0.6° South of Moon.
- May 22nd: Mercury is at greatest elongation 22° East.
- May 24th: Minor Planet 1999 KW4 Flyby of Earth at 0.032AU.
- May 24th: Jupiter is 1.3° North of Moon.
- May 24th: Comet C/LINEAR (2001 A2) at Perihelion (0.779AU).
- May 24th: Mercury is 3°: North of Moon.
- May 25th: 40th Anniversary (1961) of John F.Kennedy’s Moon goal speech. Lunar landing took place just 8 years later.
- May 25th: Saturn in conjunction with the Sun.
- May 27th: Pallas at oppostion.
- May 29th: Uranus is stationary.
- May 30th: BAA Ordinary Meeting in London.
THE NIGHT SKY DURING THE MONTH OF MAY 2001
The Sun and Moon
All times are in BRITISH SUMMER TIME (BST) For Observer in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K.
Latitude 53 degs 24 mins North.
Longitude +3.0 degs West.
May 1st 6th 11th 16th 21st 26th 30th SUNRISE 05:38 05:28 05:19 05:11 05:03 04:37 04:51 SUNSET 20:41 20:50 20:59 21:07 21:15 21:22 21:28
|PHASES OF THE MOON DURING MAY 2001|
THE PLANETS THIS MONTH.
Mercury becomes a favourable object again. Looking to the North of West some 40 minutes after Sunset this elusive planet will be at its best between the 11th and the 26th. With the crescent Moon paying a visit toward the end of that period you should stand a good chance of locating the solar systems innermost world.This table Mercury is brighter during the first half of May.describes the apparition as it progresses. Jupiter and Saturn, in their hasty journey towards the Sun, offer further pointers although it has to be said that Saturn is pretty unfavourable.
Venus does a little double take, stopping its motion along the horizon and increasing its altitude slightly. It is quite low down in the morning twilight but it will soon improve.
Mars, rising at midnight at the end of May, is visible for most of the night in southern Ophiuchus. In January its apparent diameter was a mere 5.2″ of arc but it now sports a healthy 14-19″ disk as it heads towards next months opposition. On the 10th the Moon passes 1.5° north of Mars at 01hrs
- 1 Ceres is in Sagittarius at Mag 8.5 ( Opposition next month).
- 2 Pallas is at opposition on May 27th at mag 9.2 in Hercules.
- 7 Iris is at opposition on May 9th at mag 9.6 in Libra.
- 15 Eunomia is at opposition on May 23rd at mag 9.9 in Lupus.
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Jupiter quickly heads towards the Sun in the evening sky and becomes unfavourable.
Launched in October 1989, the Galileo Jupiter Probe entered orbit around the great planet on December 7th 1995. The Project Galileo Homepage will give you up-to-date information and the very latest images returned.
Saturn is at solar conjunction on the 25th, thus is unfavourable for observations. It reappears in the morning sky in July.
URANUS and NEPTUNE.
Uranus is starting to become favourable among the stars of Capricornus. It shines at Mag 5.8.
Positions for the 1st May: R.A. DEC TRANSIT TIME MAG 21h:48m:12s -14°:01':08" 07h:23m 5.8
Bluish Neptune is also in Capricornus at this time,less brigher than Uranus. Both should be seen in dark sky location with clear skies.
Positions for the 1st May: R.A. DEC TRANSIT TIME MAG 20h:44m:35s -17°:55':17" 06h:20m 7.9
Best time to look for the almost 14 mag planet is around New Moon. The dates below will be a guide for planning observations.
Positions for May are when pluto's elongation angle is greater than 90°. DATE R.A. DEC TRANSIT TIME May 11th 16h:57m:53s -11°:52':23" 01h:52m May 21st 16h:56m:53s -11°:50':28" 01h:12m May 31st 16h:55m:50s -11°:49':04" 00h:31m
On June 3rd Pluto at 13.8 Mag reaches opposition in Ophiuchus. It can be found between Zeta Ophiuchi Mag 4 and 20 Ophiuchi mag 4.7. You will need an 8-inch or larger telescope and the best time to see Pluto is when the Moon is not around.
It is best seen between May 15th – May 29th.
- May 6th Eta Aquarids (40 per hour) Favourable.
- May 13th ALPHA SCORPIIDS (20 per hour) Fairly Favourable.
- Comet Shajn-Schaldach at Perihelion on May 8th at (2.330AU).
- Comet C/Linear (2001 A2) at Perihelion on May 24th at (0.779 AU).
Plus these pages will give daily and weekly reports of this and other Comets progress.
- BAA Comet Section Home Page
- Comet Web Sites.
- NASA/JPL Comet Observations Home Page.
- The Astronomer Comet Page.
- May 9th at 04h:41m Reappearance of psi Ophiuchi