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USPS Star Calendar for 20-26 May 13 May 2012

Posted by amedalen in May 2012.
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20 May    The western United States is in for a treat as the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun, causing an annular eclipse. The moon covers slightly less than 95 percent of the sun, which appears as a ring, or annulus, around the moon. The maximum eclipse begins at 1830 across much of northern California, an hour later in New Mexico and an hour after that in western Texas.

22 May    Low in the west at dusk, magnitude -4.3 Venus is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s right. Using binoculars, see if you can spot magnitude 1.8 Elnath 1 finger-width beyond Venus.

23 May    The moon sets 1½ hours after sunset and is only about 5 percent illuminated. The moon is at the base of Gemini with Venus far to the lower right.

25 May    Tonight, the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, are more than 1 fist-width to the moon’s right.

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