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Bruce McClure

Beauty! Moon and Jupiter May 25 to 28

Jupiter is the brightest object near the moon on all of these nights. You’ll also notice a bright star, Spica in the constellation Virgo, nearby.

1st quarter moon and Regulus May 21

Starting tonight and for the next several days, notice the moon’s orbital motion as it sweeps by the star Regulus, the Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo.

Young moon and Venus May 16-18

A beautiful sight in the west after sunset for the next few evenings … the brightest planet Venus near the returning young moon.

Find the Omega Centauri star cluster

The sparkling blue-white star Spica acts as your guide to the Omega Centauri cluster, a globular cluster bright enough to see with the eye alone, in a dark sky.

Find the Keystone in Hercules

The Keystone is a noticeable pattern of 4 stars in the constellation Hercules. The bright star Vega acts as your guide to finding it.

This weekend … Moon and Mercury

Best morning apparition of Mercury for 2018 in the Southern Hemisphere … worst in the Northern Hemisphere. For the whole Earth, the moon will sweep past Mercury before sunrise.

Don’t miss moon and Mars on May 6

Don’t miss the moon and Mars together in the predawn sky on May 6, 2018. Plus a word about other bright planets you can see in May.

Eta Aquariids before dawn May 5 and 6

Here’s the bad news. The bright moon will interfere with meteor-watching. Here’s the good news. There are some tricks to watching in moonlight.

Moon, Saturn, Mars on May 4 to 6

Stay up after midnight, or rise before the sun these next few mornings, to see the moon, Saturn and Mars – and possibly, some of Eta Aquariid meteors streaking past in moonlight.

Comet Halley’s 2 meteor showers

It’s because comets like Halley are so crumbly that we see annual meteor showers. One shower spawned by this comet is going on now. Another is visible in October.