NASA skywatching tips for May 2022 • Earth.com

NASA skywatching tips for May 2022

05-02-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes all of the fascinating sights to be seen in the night sky throughout the month of May 2022.

“May begins and ends with a couple of great planet-spotting opportunities. On May 2nd, look to the west about 45 minutes after sunset to find Mercury about 10 degrees off the horizon, accompanied by a slim crescent moon,” reports NASA. “Just to the south of the Moon is the brilliant red giant star Aldebaran, which should be roughly the same brightness as Mercury. And by the way, this is the only chance to spot a naked-eye planet in the early evening until August.”

During the last week of May, Jupiter and Mars will appear increasingly close in the early morning sky before dawn. These two planets will have a close conjunction on the 28th through the 30th. 

In the Western Hemisphere, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in mid-May. “The event will be visible across the Americas, Europe, and Africa – basically anywhere the Moon is above the horizon at the time.”

Video Credit: NASA JPL

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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