Sky Guide May 2016

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What to look out, and up, for in March.

We start a new look (listen?) sky guide this month.

We begin the show with a discussion around the highlights to observe this May:

  • The Transit of Mercury on 9th May
  • International Astronomy Day on 14th May
  • Mars at opposition on 22nd May
  • Three meteor shower peaks, Eta Aquariids (6th), Eta Lyrids (8th) & Camelopardalids (24th)

Next we each suggest and help you find a deep sky favourite to observe in May:

  • Ralph – M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy
  • Paul – M3 Globular cluster in Canes Venatici
  • Jeni – M27 The Dumbbell Nebula

Finally we round up the moon phases and a couple of nice planetary and lunar conjunctions.

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