As with last month, mornings will be filled with viewing opportunities this month.
Mercury rises low in the northeastern sky in the morning twilight to open the month. It will be very low on the western horizon the last week of the month after sunset and you might get a glimpse of it the first week of the month. Look for the crescent moon on May 2 at sunset with Mercury to the lower right.
The first Quarter moon is on Sunday, May 8.
Venus rises along with Jupiter before sunrise to open the month low in the southeastern sky. Jupiter will be pulling away from Venus as the days pass. Look for a waning crescent moon to the lower left of Venus on Thursday, May 26.
The moon is Full on Sunday, May 15.
Mars rises in the east southeastern sky before sunrise. You should be able to view Mars throughout the month. Jupiter will be to the left of Mars on Tuesday, May 24. Mars will be to the upper left of the crescent moon on Tuesday, May 24.
The last Quarter moon is Sunday, May 22.
Jupiter rises along with Venus in the eastern sky to open the month. As stated earlier, Jupiter will pull away from Venus and pass by Mars to end the month. Look for Jupiter above the moon on Wednesday, May 25.
The moon is New on Monday, May 30.
Saturn rises in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Look for Saturn above the moon on Sunday, May 22.
Morning Planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune
Evening Planets: Mercury (dusk)
Quick Astro Highlights (reader digest version)
Morning: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune
Evening: Mercury (dusk) 15 Total Lunar Eclipse
5 Moon south @ 10PM 22 Saturn above moon @ dawn
9 Mars right of Jupiter 27 Venus above moon
9 Saturn right of Mars 29 Jupiter above Mars. Look east.