In the Sky

Updated 4/13/2017

M67: April-May is a good time to find and observe M67 in Cancer the Crab. M67 is unusual in that it is not in the plane of the Milky Way unlike most of the open star clusters.

Mars and Jupiter are our evening planets through May. On May 7th Jupiter will be 3 degrees from an almost full moon while 9 degrees away will be Spica.

Jupiter: May 11, There will be a double shadow transit from 9:59 pm to 10:06 pm. Another double shadow transit will occur May 18, 11:53 pm to 12:43 am. May 25 will see another double shadow transit from10:47 pm to 12:20 am.

Venus is our morning “star” throughout May.  The crescent moon will be within 2 degrees of Venus on the morning of May 22nd.

Vesta will travel through Cancer the Crab in May.

Comets: 41p/ Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak will cross through Draco and Ursa Minor thrpugh April and reach around magnitude 8.

C/2015 V2 (Johnson) travels through Bootes (not far from 41p) throughout April and May and may reach magnitude 6.

NEW HORIZONS is past Pluto. Follow the progress at

JUNO has entered orbit around Jupiter! Follow the NASA link below for updates on the mission:

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.” Plato, Philosopher

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