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USPS Star Calendar for 27 April-3 May 20 April 2014

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29 Apr    An annular (ring) eclipse of the sun occurs today. Unfortunately, the full eclipse will only be visible in the uninhabited region of Wilkes Land in Antarctica.

1 May    Low in the west at sunset, magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right. Only 2 days past new, the moon is less than 5 percent illuminated.

2 May    The thin waxing crescent moon lies between Aldebaran, 1½ fist-widths to the lower right, and Jupiter, about 2 fist-widths to the upper left. Orion is hard to miss to the lower left. The moon is about 10 percent illuminated.

3 May    Look for Betelgeuse 1½ fist widths below the moon tonight and Jupiter about 4 finger-widths above. The bright star 1 fist-width above Jupiter is magnitude 1.2 Pollux, the brightest star in Gemini.

USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 May 28 April 2013

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5 May    Leo, the Lion, dominates the southern sky. Its brightest star, magnitude 1.3 Regulus, is easy to spot in the south. Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is 4 fist-widths to Regulus’ lower right. Magnitude 2.2 Alphard, in the constellation Hydra, the Sea Serpent, is 2 fist-widths below Regulus. Magnitude 1.2 Spica lies far to the lower left of Regulus. Noticeably brighter, Saturn is just beyond Spica.

6 May    The bright star halfway up from the eastern horizon is magnitude 0.2 Arcturus, in the constellation Boötes, the Herdsman. Arcturus comes from the Greek, meaning “guardian of the bear.”

7 May    In the early evening, the Big Dipper is upside down high overhead with its handle extending to the right.

9 May    For the best view of today’s annular solar eclipse, you will have to go to Australia or New Guinea. Those in Hawaii will see a partial eclipse. New moon at 0028 UT

10 May    The moon sets less than an hour after the sun but if you have a clear view of the western horizon, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the thin waxing crescent moon just to the lower left of Venus.

USPS Star Calendar for 20-26 May 13 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.