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USPS Star Calendar for 8-14 May 1 May 2011

Posted by amedalen in May 2011.
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8 May    Capella is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left, and the Gemini Twins are about the same distance to its upper right. Orion is directly below the moon near the horizon. The moon slips from view soon after sunset.

10 May    Less than one-half finger-width apart, Venus and Jupiter rise an hour before the sun. Venus, the brighter of the two, is on the right. Mercury is less than 1 finger-width to the lower right. In the early evening, use binoculars to see magnitude 1.3 Regulus 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left high in the southwest and Procyon 3 fist-widths to the lower right. First-quarter moon at 2033 UT

11 May    Regulus is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right tonight. Magnitude 0.6 Saturn is 3 fist-widths to the lower left.

12 May    Tonight, the moon is only 2 fist-widths to the left of Saturn. About 66 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

13 May    Saturn is less than 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left in the early evening. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 1.5 fist-widths to the lower left. About 75 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

14 May    Spica is a little more than 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left this evening.

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