Sky Highlights - May 2016

Mars reaches opposition
Mars reaches opposition on May 22, 2016

Transit of Mercury
Transit of Mercury on May 9th 2016

Jupiter and the Moon close together
Jupiter and the waxing gibbous Moon close together during the evenings of May 14/15, 2016

Comets
How to see comet PanSTARRS (C/2013 X1) with binoculars and small telescopes during May and June 2016
How to see comet 252P/LINEAR with binoculars and small telescopes

Meteor Shower
Eta Aquariids meteor shower peaks on May 6, 2016

The Planets
This Month's Guide

Algol Minima
Algol eclipse dates and times for May 2016

Northern Hemisphere
Evening
South:- Jupiter (mag. -2.2)
Southeast:- Mars (mag. -1.5 to -2.1)
Midnight
Southwest:- Jupiter
South:- Mars
Southeast:- Saturn (mag. 0.0)
Morning
Southwest:- Mars, Saturn
East:- Neptune (mag. +7.9 - end of month)

Southern Hemisphere
Evening
North:- Jupiter
East:- Mars, Saturn
Midnight
Northwest:- Jupiter
Northeast:- Mars, Saturn
Morning
West:- Mars, Saturn
Northeast:- Neptune
East:- Uranus (mag. +5.9), Venus (mag. -3.9 first 3 weeks of month)

Deep Sky
Naked Eye:-
Melotte 111 - Mel 111 - The Coma Star Cluster (Open Cluster)
Messier 44 - M44 - The Praesepe (Open Cluster)
NGC 869 and NGC 884 - The Double Cluster - Open Clusters
Binoculars / Small telescopes:-
Messier 13 – M13 - Great Hercules Globular Cluster
Messier 3 - M3 - Globular Cluster
Messier 81 - M81 - Bode's Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy)
Messier 82 - M82 - Cigar Galaxy (Starburst Galaxy)

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