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USPS Star Calendar for 25-31 May 18 May 2014

Posted by amedalen in May 2014.
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25 May    The waning crescent moon rises less than two hours before sunrise, followed a few minutes later by Venus. Look low in the east before first light to see Venus less than 1 finger-width below the moon. Mercury is at its greatest elongation east, 22.7 degrees from the sun. That means this is our best opportunity to catch a glimpse of Mercury, low in the west, just after sunset.

26 May    The moon is closer to the horizon this morning, 1 fist-width to Venus’ lower left. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

30 May    Low in the west at dusk, magnitude 1.2 Mercury is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right. They set less than 2 hours after the sun.

31 May    The moon is a little higher this evening but still sets a little more than 2 hours after the sun. Magnitude -1.9 Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.2 Pollux lies beyond Jupiter.

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