Observing Highlights for May 2013
at 11:16 UT.
Aquarid meteor shower
peaks at 1h UT. Active from April 19 to May 28. 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.
Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk)
Eta Aquarids (IMO)
4.1° SSE of Pleiades
(11° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT.
(closest to Earth) at 2h UT (358,377 km; 33.3').
Venus and Jupiter
form triangle within circle diameter 2.4° (17° from Sun,
evening sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -0.7, -3.9 & -1.9.
1.0° N of Jupiter
(16° from Sun, evening sky) at 19h UT.
at 18:59 UT.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
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
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)