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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: May 2001

May Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
2 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 040012 am
(midnight)
4 Venus is at its greatest brilliancy. 18002 pm
7 FULL MOON 140010 am
7 Mercury is 4 degrees north of Saturn. 17001 pm
10 Mars is 1 degree 9 minutes south of the Moon 19003 pm
11 Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 020010 pm
(May 10)
11 Mars appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 150011 am
12 Mercury is 8 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. 10006 am
14 Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 00008 pm
(May 13)
15 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 01009 pm
(May 14)
15 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 08004 am
15 LAST QUARTER 10006 am
16 Mercury is 3 degrees north of Jupiter. 17001 pm
18 Ceres, the largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 21005 pm
19 Venus is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 09005 am
20 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 6 minutes north of Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 21005 pm
22 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 22 degrees east of the Sun. 040012 am
(midnight)
23 NEW MOON 030011 pm
(May 22)
24 Jupiter is 1 degree 3 minutes north of the Moon. 07003 am
24 Mercury is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 19003 pm
25 Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Saturn and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 13009 am
27 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 17003 am
27 Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, is at opposition, that is Pallas and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 18002 pm
29 FIRST QUARTER 22006 pm
29 Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 22006 pm

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