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Offline koootzz

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May 2011 Sky Guide
« on: 20:47:27, 01 May, 2011 »

May Sky Guide

New moon on the 3rd, full moon on the 17th. There will be a 1.3% illuminated crescent rising just after 5am on the 2nd, a very difficult crescent to capture! The lunar X will be visible on the 10th around 06.10. Maximum libration is reached on the 21st.

The Eta Aquarids reach their maximum on the 6th, this is a difficult shower to observe especially in the Northern Hemisphere. To stand the best chance try to view in the last hour of darkness.

It’s now a good time to begin looking for noctilucent clouds, just after sunset in the northwest or before sunrise in the northeast


Mercury will become visible towards the end of the month in Aries

Venus will be visible in the early morning, becoming earlier as the month passes.

Mars becomes observable in the early morning at the end of the month, in Aries.

Jupiter rising shortly before sunrise at the beginning of the month, becoming earlier through the month but will still be too low for worthwhile imaging.

Saturn is visible through the night in Virgo.

Comets visible this month (to mag 12)

There are no comets brighter than mag 12 forecast this month.

ISS Passes

There are two visible ISS passes early in the month and one at the end.
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Space Shuttle

The launch of Endeavour is currently delayed with no date available for launch.

Endeavour has now been repaired and is scheduled to launch at 13.56BST on Monday 16th. There are no predicted night time passes for the shuttle.

Deep Sky

Best deep sky imaging is from the 1st to the 11th and from the 25th on.

As last month, galaxies will dominate imaging attempts. There are also plenty of clusters for those not wanting to image galaxies. Later in the month M27 and M57 will become visible as will the North American Nebula in Cygnus, although with the reducing amount of darkness all deep sky imaging will prove more difficult.
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Re: May Sky Guide
« Reply #1 on: 22:25:55, 15 May, 2011 »
Endeavour has now been repaired and is scheduled to launch at 13.56BST on Monday 16th. There are no predicted night time passes for the shuttle

Thanks for the update Leigh, pity I'll be hard at work

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