May 2019

Sky Report - May 2019

By Dr. Bob Doyle, Emeritus Faculty
Dr. Doyle taught and was Planetarium Director at Frostburg State University for over 40 years

First Quarter of May (1-7)

Dawn begins at 5 a.m., Sunrise is 6:12 a.m., Sun peaks at 1:12 p.m., Sunset is 8:12 p.m., Dusk ends at 9:15 p.m. Sunlight lasts 14 hrs. Sun in Aries. May 2 - Crescent moon and Venus seen at 5:30 a.m. May 4 - Moon shifts from morning to evening side of the sun (New Moon). May 7 – Crescent moon appears to the left of planet Mars. At twilight, arch of bright winter evening stars low in West. Going from left to right, these stars are Sirius (brightest night star), Procyon, Pollux and Capella. Orion’s pink star Betelgeuse near center & due West. Star group Leo high in Southwest with its sickle (head & chest) on right and starry triangle (back legs and tail) on left. Bright golden star Arcturus high in Southeast. Bright white-blue star Vega low in Northeast. Big Dipper high in North and upside down. Below Dipper’s bowl is North Star.

Second Quarter of May (8-15)

Dawn begins at 5 a.m., Sunrise is 6:05 a.m., Sun peaks at 1:11 p.m., Sunset is 8:18 p.m., Dusk ends at 9:25 p.m. Sunlight lasts 14 hrs. 13 min. Sun moves from Aries to Taurus on 5/14 Evening moon appears half full on May 11. Along moon’s left straight edge, the sun there is rising, lighting up raised crater rims. The evenings around half full moon are best to view lunar surface features with a telescope. The moon glides across Leo on the evenings of May 11-13. On May 11, moon to right of Leo’s sickle or backwards question mark. On May 13, moon below Leo’s tail. At twilight, the yellow planet Mars is low in the West, nearly on a line from pink star Betelgeuse to golden star Capella, Bright blue white star Spica low in the Southeast, with the bright golden star Arcturus higher and to the left of Spica. Bright white-blue star Vega low in Northeast. Around 11:30 p.m., the bright star Antares & bright planet Jupiter low in Southeast.

Third Quarter of May (16-23)

Dawn begins at 4:50 a.m., Sunrise is 6 a.m., Sun peaks at 1:11 p.m., Sunset is 8:24 p.m., Dusk ends at 9:23 p.m. Sunlight lasts 14 hrs. 26 min. Sun is in Taurus. Evening moon grows to full on May 18, rising about sunset and shining all through the night. Full moons near the start of summer have a low sky track across the southern sky. On May 19 in the late evening, the moon appears on top of a triangle with the bright planet Jupiter to the left and the pink star Antares on the right. On the late evening of May 20, the moon appears below and to the left of the bright planet Jupiter. At dawn on May 21, the moon appears between the bright planet Jupiter (on right) and the planet Saturn (to left), At dawn on May 22, the moon appears to the right of the planet Saturn. At dawn at this time of month, the Big Dipper appears low in the North Northwest. High in the dawn sky is a triangle of bright stars (Summer Triangle) that points South.

Fourth Quarter of May (24-31)

Dawn begins at 4:42 a.m., Sunrise is 5:53 p.m., Sun peaks at 1:12 p.m., Sunset is 8:31 p.m., Dusk ends at 9:42 p.m., Sunlight lasts 14 hrs. 39 min. Sun is in Taurus. During dusk, 3 bright stars form an arch low in the sky from West to Northwest. From left to right, the stars are Procyon, Pollux and Capella (brightest of 3). Half way up in the middle of arch is the yellow planet Mars. Leo’s sickle of bright stars is high in the Southwest. The bright blue-white star Spica (of Virgo) is 1/3 of the way up in the Southwest. Higher in the South Southwest is the bright golden star Arcturus. The bright white-blue star Vega is in the Northeast. The Big Dipper is upside down and high in the North. At dawn, the moon is waning (shrinking in lighted width). On May 26, the morning moon will appear half full (like a reversed ‘D’) in the southern dawn. The dawn planets are bright Jupiter in the Southwest and Saturn in the South. The Big Dipper at dawn is low in the North Northwest, as if to collect dew. The star group Cassiopeia is in the process of changing from a ‘W’ into a ‘M’ in the North Northeast, appearing about ½ way from the horizon to the top of the sky.

Any questions about the sky or my portable planetarium, you can email me at rdoyle@frostburg.edu.

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