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The 2017 Bootleg Spring Star Party 

will be held on May 18th-21st!    

 

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for May 2017   (from skymaps.com)
 
2 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 18h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
3 First Quarter Moon at 2:47 UT.
4 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 10h UT. Occultation visible from Australia and New Zealand.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
5 Mars 6.2 N of Aldebaran (24 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. 1.6 and 0.8.
6 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 2h UT. Most active for 7 days around this date. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 30 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere observing a few hours before dawn.
The Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (American Meteor Society)
7 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 23h UT. Mag. −2.4.
8 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 17h UT.
10 Full Moon at 21:43 UT.
12 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 13h UT.
12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 406,210 km; angular size 29.4').
13 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. 0.2.
17 Mercury at greatest elongation west (26 from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. 0.6.
19 Last Quarter Moon at 0:34 UT.
20 Moon near Neptune (75 from Sun, morning sky) at 6h UT. Occultation visible from the South Atlantic Ocean. Mag. 7.9.
22 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. −4.4.
24 Moon near Mercury (25 from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.2.
25 New Moon at 19:45 UT. Start of lunation 1168.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 1:20 UT (357,207 km; angular size 33.5').
27 Moon near Mars (18 from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. 1.7.
30 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 1h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
31 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from central Africa and Madagascar.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)

 

Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)