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Sun, Moon, and Stars: May 2000

Movement of the heavenly bodies: May 2000

 

May Calendar

Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
4 NEW MOON 0400 12 am (midnight)
5 Mars is 5 degrees north of the Moon. 0600 2 am
6 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 0900 5 am
8 Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Jupiter and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0400 12 am (midnight)
8 Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 1300 9 am
9 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0400 12 am (midnight)
10 FIRST QUARTER 2000 4 pm
10 Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Saturn and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 2000 4 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. 1300 9 am
18 FULL MOON 0800 4 am
19 Mars is 6 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. 0300 11 pm (May 18)
19 Mercury is 7 degrees north of Aldebaran. 1100 7 am
19 Mercury is 1 degree 1 minute north of Mars. 1500 11 am
22 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 0400 12 am (midnight)
24 Neptune is 1 degree 2 minutes north of the Moon. 0200 10 pm (May 23)
25 Uranus is 1 degree 5 minutes north of the Moon. 0600 2 am
25 Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 1500 11 am
26 LAST QUARTER 1200 8 am
31 Jupiter is 1 degree 2 minutes north of Saturn. 1000 6 am