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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Astronomical phenomena May 2014

Opportunities for observation for May 2014:

-Eta-Aquarids Meteor shower on May 5.
-Saturn-Moon occultation on May 14.

-Mercury at greatest elongation on May 25.

01 may 2014 -Aldebaran 2.0 ° S of Moon at 5:51 GMT +2.

05, 06 may 2014- Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Eta Aquarids usually produce about 10 meteors per hour. The highest intensity usually take place on 5 and 6. The radiant point is the constellation Aquarius, and the meteors originates from Comet Halley. The best observations are usually to the east after midnight, away from city lights.

06 may 2014 - Moon at apogee. Luna reaches the farthest point from Earth (404,319 km from Earth) at 12:23 GMT +2.

10 may 2014 - Saturn in opposition. Ringed planet will be closest to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. An opposition is when a planet is at an elongation of 180 ° and thus appears opposite to the Sun in the sky. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.

14 may 2014 - Full Moon. Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and so the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 09:42 GMT +2.

14 may 2014 -Moon-Saturn occultation. Saturn 0.5 ° N of Moon at 2:41 GMT +2.

16 may 2014 -Venus at aphelion. Venus will be at the furthest point from the Sun at 14:00 GMT +2.

18 may 2014 - Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth (367,099 km from Earth) at 13:59 GMT +2.

25 may 2014 -Mercury at greatest elongation at: 22.7 ° E at 09:00.

28 may 2014 - New Moon. Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 20:40 GMT +2.


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