THE BIG SKY
Always wanted to spot a planet from your boat but not sure where to look? This month we can navigate our way to three planets by moonlight. First up is Jupiter, the easiest of our three targets. As darkness falls on May 7th look below the moon for a bright star-like object nestled beneath. That’s Jupiter ticked off your list!
Next is Saturn. The ringed planet is a bit more of a challenge as it’s not as bright as Jupiter. It’s also a late-night rendezvous. You’ll need to wait up until after midnight on May 13th and into the early hours of the 14th to catch a near-full moon rising over the southeastern horizon. Close by, to the moon’s lower right, you’ll find Saturn as a pale yellow point of light.
A few mornings later ahead of sunrise on May 22 is arguably the most difficult of our planetary trio to identify. At about 4:15am as the day’s first light breaks over the horizon look low towards your east for a thin crescent moon. To the moon’s left you’ll see a bright ‘star’ that for all the world looks like an aircraft landing light. This is Venus.
Venus is dwarfed by the moon