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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.

USPS Star Calendar for 2 to 8 May 25 April 2010

Posted by amedalen in May 2010.
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2 May
Low in the south before dawn, the moon is to the upper right of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius.

3 May
This morning, the moon is just above the handle of the Teapot, and the bright star 3 fist-widths to its upper left is magnitude 0.9 Altair.

5 May
Altair is 3 fist-widths directly above the moon at dawn. On this day in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space during a 15-minute suborbital flight.

6 May
The moon is at apogee, 63.38 earth-radii away. Last-quarter moon at 0415 UT.

7 May
Jupiter is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left low in the southwest just before dawn.

8 May
The moon is now only 1 fist-width from Jupiter.