Astronomy Events in 2017


Astronomy Events in May 2017 

Enjoying the Dark Skies of Shetland !

6     η–Aquarid meteor shower The Eta Aquarids is an above average
       shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.
       Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern
       Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced
       by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and
       observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to
       May 28. It peaks this year on the night between 6 and 7 May. 
       Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear
       anywhere in the sky.
6      C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) reaches its brightest
7      Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter
7      Conjunction of Mercury and Uranus
10    C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) at perihelion
10    Full Moon
11    M5 is well placed
13    α–Scorpiid meteor shower
17    Mercury at greatest elongation west
22    Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
22    Close approach of the Moon and Venus
24    Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury

For more ideas and information on what to observe this month, please also visit

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide for May 2017