Australians see Saturn disappear, Mercury has a good showing in the northern hemisphere, Venus hovers in the dawn, traces of Halley's Comet hit the atmosphere, a new meteor shower is set to debut. And what's that star Jupiter's next to? Wasat? Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending May 3, 2014
A very thin crescent moon is in the evening sky a little above orange Aldebaran on the first night of May 2014. Orange Betelgeuse is farther from the moon to the left. Above that is Jupiter about waist-high in the twins of Gemini. Leo is on the meridian at sunset. Mars is high in the east close to Porrima in Virgo. Saturn is rising in Libra. As the hours pass, Aquila rises around midnight. Venus is a morning object rising in the dawn.
The moon’s as far north as it gets during its current orbit on the 2nd. Its crescent is much thicker when it passes Jupiter on the 4th. A waxing gibbous moon will pass Mars on the 11th. When it’s full on the 14th, the moon will occult Saturn. A wide path in the southern Pacific and across most of Australia are in ...