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USPS Star Calendar for 29 May-4 June 22 May 2011

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29 May    Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right before dawn.

30 May    Just before dawn, Jupiter is far to the moon’s upper right. Using binoculars, try to spot magnitude 1.3 Mars, less than 2 finger-widths below the moon, before the sun rises. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

1 Jun    A partial solar eclipse is visible in the northern two-thirds of Alaska and parts of northern Canada. New moon at 2103 UT

4 Jun    The waxing crescent moon is less than 1 fist-width to the lower left of the Gemini Twins. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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USPS Star Calendar for 22-28 May 15 May 2011

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22 May    High in the south at dawn, Altair is 2.5 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right.

24 May    Cygnus, the Swan, is directly overhead just before dawn. Magnitude 1.3 Deneb is the brightest star of the constellation. Last-quarter moon at 1852 UT

25 May    Cassiopeia, the “lazy W” constellation, is far left of the moon, which rises 4 hours before the sun.

27 May    The moon is at apogee, 63.5 Earth-radii away. A little more than 25 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

28 May    The waning crescent moon rises less than 3 hours before the sun. Jupiter rises nearly an hour after the moon. Get out your binoculars and look low in the east before dawn; Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. About 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 15-21 May 8 May 2011

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15 May    The moon is at perigee, 56.78 Earth-radii away.

17 May    Rising less than an hour after sunset, the moon is 2 finger-widths above Antares. Full Flower Moon at 1109 UT

18 May    Low in the southeast at dawn, the moon is 1 finger-width above Antares.

20 May    The moon is just above Sagittarius, the Teapot constellation, this morning. Ninety percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

21 May    The waning gibbous moon rises 4 hours after sunset. More than 75 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 8-14 May 1 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.

USPS Star Calendar for 1-7 May 24 April 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.