Astronomy Events in 2018


Astronomy in May 2018

If the clouds clear, why not grab your binoculars and take a look at the night sky. 
The nights are getting light as summer approaches... Here are some suggestions.

6 May: Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Can produce up to 30 meteors per hour at its
peak in the Northern hemisphere. It is produced by dust particles left behind by
comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower
runs annually from 19 April to 28 May. Best viewing will be from a dark location
after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can
appear anywhere in the sky.

9 May: Jupiter at opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to
Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any
other time of the year and be visible all night. A good pair of binoculars should
allow you to see Jupiter's four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either
side of the planet.

11 May: M5 is well placed

15 May: New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the
Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. A good time to observe faint objects
such as galaxies and star clusters.

17 May: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

27 May: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

29 May: Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth
as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.


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

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide