Monday, May 5, 2014

May Y2K+14

We March into May with a few unexpected cool clear nights. We started off with star watching and catching Saturn, Mars and craters on the Moon. Look in Gemini for Jupiter, as this large planet dims and goes away by the end of the Month in the west. Saturn is at opposition May 10.  Mars will be Stationary May 21.  Let’s hope the Starry Nights continue as the nights get shorter and days will get warmer this month of May. Watch for the Eta Aquarid Meteors on May 5-6.  

A NEW METEOR SHOWER, The May Camelopardalids: May 24th could be a big day for meteor astronomy. That's when Earth is expected to pass through a cloud of debris from comet 209P/LINEAR, producing a never-before-seen meteor shower. Meteor rates could exceed 200 per hour, and some forecasters have even mentioned the possibility of a meteor storm.
The best time to look is during the hours between 6:00 and 08:00 Universal Time on May 24th or between 1 and 3 o'clock in the morning Central Daylight Time. "We expect these meteors to radiate from a point in Camelopardalis, also known as 'the giraffe', a faint constellation near the North Star,"  Get the
full story from Science@NASA
Clear Skies!    But, we are hoping for some rain this month!