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On May 1, the alinement of Venus, Mercury and Mars is on the Western horizon. Mars will set by 8:48 PM and Mercury, visually close to the Pleiades; will set by 9:36 PM. Venus, the brightest and highest on the Western horizon, will set at 11: 21 PM, close to the bright fixed star of El Nath at 11:27. The other bright star, Capella, will not set until 12: 55 AM.
At sunset, Jupiter will be high overhead, just past the mid-heaven and close to the stars of the Lion, while the rising Moon, which will be full on May 3, can be seen in the east in company with the bright, white star, Spica, in the Virgin. Just below it and to the left, the bright red star Arcturus will be visible.
On May 5, the waning Moon will rise at 9:43 PM, between Saturn and Antares, ‘The Heart of the Scorpion’, and will closely conjunct the three stars that make up the forehead of the Scorpion.
By May 15, Saturn—still conjoining the three stars that form the top cross of the big ‘J’ which this constellation also resembles—will be seen rising in the east half a hour after sunset at 8:30 PM. It will be one of the last chances to see Mercury as the planet reaches its highest point in the western sky on May 18. By May’s end, Mars and Mercury disappear from the evening sky, with Orion and Sirius, as Vega rises in the east.