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USPS Star Calendar for 1-7 May 24 April 2011

Posted by amedalen in May 2011.
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1 May    One fist-width to the moon’s right, Venus and Mars rise an hour before the sun, so you can catch a glimpse before sunrise. With sharp eyes, you might be able to see magnitude -3.9 Venus well after first light. Less than 5 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

3 May    New moon at 0651 UT

5 May    The waxing crescent moon sets 3 hours after the sun. Magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths below the moon, and Orion is to its lower left. Only 5 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Fifty years ago today, Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15-minute flight aboard Mercury 7.

6 May    The bright star 2.5 fist-widths to the moon’s right or upper right this evening is magnitude 0.2 Capella, in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer.

7 May    High in the west at sunset, the moon is between magnitude 0.5 Procyon, 2 fists-widths to the left, and magnitude 0.2 Capella, 3 fist-widths to the right. The Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, are 1.5 fist-widths above the moon. Fifteen percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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