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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: May 2000

May Calendar

Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
4 NEW MOON 040012 am (midnight)
5 Mars is 5 degrees north of the Moon. 06002 am
6 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 09005 am
8 Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Jupiter and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 040012 am (midnight)
8 Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 13009 am
9 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 040012 am (midnight)
10 FIRST QUARTER 20004 pm
10 Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Saturn and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 20004 pm
14 Ceres, the largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 13009 am
18 FULL MOON 08004 am
19 Mars is 6 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. 030011 pm (May 18)
19 Mercury is 7 degrees north of Aldebaran. 11007 am
19 Mercury is 1 degree 1 minute north of Mars. 150011 am
22 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 040012 am (midnight)
24 Neptune is 1 degree 2 minutes north of the Moon. 020010 pm (May 23)
25 Uranus is 1 degree 5 minutes north of the Moon. 06002 am
25 Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 150011 am
26 LAST QUARTER 12008 am
31 Jupiter is 1 degree 2 minutes north of Saturn. 10006 am

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