THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
When to use this chart
1 May at 00:00 AEDT (13.00 UT) 15 May at 23:00 AEDT (12.00 UT) 31 May at 22:00 AEDT (11.00 UT)
The eastern dawn sky on 3 May presents a spectacular conjunction, the thin crescent (27- day old) Moon is 4° to the lower right of brilliant Venus. Mercury is also obvious being 5° directly below the Moon. The best time to observe this event is one hour before sunrise (at 05:30 AEDT). Venus is dropping towards its next solar conjunction as Uranus rises out of the Sun’s glow. These planets pass each other, being closest on 19 May at only 1°, and visible in binoculars.
Mars continues its presence low in the northwestern twilight sky during May. As Jupiter approaches opposition next month, it arrives around the time the Red Planet departs, being visible for most of the night. Saturn soon follows its fellow The chart accurately matches the sky on the dates and times shown for Sydney, Australia. The sky is different at other times as the stars crossing it set four minutes earlier each night.
STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS
Low in the northern evening sky lies the prominent star Arcturus. It is the alpha star to the constellation of Boötes, forming the top luminary of its inverted kite pattern. Arcturus also holds a place in history, with its light generating an electric charge used to open the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. But why this specifc star? At the time Arcturus was thought to be 40 lightyears away and that the light used in 1933 would have left the star at the time Chicago held its previous World Fair in 1893. gas giant into the eastern sky, with both transiting in the morning hours. Turning to the morning, Venus rises just before dawn all month. May commences with Mercury just below Venus but this inner world is lost to the solar glare by mid month.