Sun, Moon, Stars: May 2001

Sun, Moon & Stars
Movement of the heavenly bodies: May 2001

 

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·  Visibility of the Planets
·  Sunrise/Sunset, Moonrise/Moonset
·  Equinoxes and Solstices
·  Eclipses in 2001
·  Astronomical terms
·  Calendar 2001
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May Calendar


 

Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
2The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.040012 am
(midnight)
4Venus is at its greatest brilliancy.18002 pm
7FULL MOON140010 am
7Mercury is 4 degrees north of Saturn.17001 pm
10Mars is 1 degree 9 minutes south of the Moon19003 pm
11Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.020010 pm
(May 10)
11Mars appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.150011 am
12Mercury is 8 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus.10006 am
14Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon.00008 pm
(May 13)
15The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.01009 pm
(May 14)
15Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon.08004 am
15LAST QUARTER10006 am
16Mercury is 3 degrees north of Jupiter.17001 pm
18Ceres, the largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.21005 pm
19Venus is 4 degrees north of the Moon.09005 am
20Vesta, 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
22Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 22 degrees east of the Sun.040012 am
(midnight)
23NEW MOON030011 pm
(May 22)
24Jupiter is 1 degree 3 minutes north of the Moon.07003 am
24Mercury is 3 degrees north of the Moon.19003 pm
25Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Saturn and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.13009 am
27The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.17003 am
27Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, is at opposition, that is Pallas and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth.18002 pm
29FIRST QUARTER22006 pm
29Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.22006 pm

 

 

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