Starwalks: Summer Preview
by Thea Marshall
May begins with Mercury rising in the East an hour before sunrise. Saturn can be seen in the South on the mid -heaven while Jupiter and the Moon sink into the West. The pre-dawn May 7 sky will afford the best viewing of the Eta meteor shower in the constellation Aquarius which has been going on since late April. Aquarius will be low on the Eastern horizon just to the right of the Great Square of Pegasus.
The sunset on May 17 will be graced by the planet Venus and the new Crescent Moon on the Western horizon. Jupiter will already be above the horizon in the East. May 19 will be the last evening to see Antares rise in the East.
The Full Moon of May 29 will rise at 8:34 PM just after the red, fixed star Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, at 8:32 PM, although the twilight sky will be too bright to show the star. Venus will remain in the western sky until 10:51 PM when it sets, followed by the bright star Capella, setting at 10:59 PM. In the northeast, Altair rises at 10:09 PM followed by Saturn at 10:20 PM.
On May 31, Saturn will set with the Moon at sunset. On June 3, near midnight, Mars and the waning Moon will rise in the constellation Capricorn.