What to see in the night sky: astronomical forecast for may
The may Aquarids born the famous Halley’s comet is the most spectacular event of the starry sky in the coming days.
April 30, 2019 at 11:26
May will delight observers may star rain η-Aquarids (ETA Aquarids). This is one of the most long-lasting meteor streams: activity begins in April and lasts until may 28.
To observe meteors May akvarid best in the wee hours (2:00 to 4:00 GMT) away from the city lights, because in the middle latitudes during the period of their activity the radiant is visible low above the Southeast horizon a few hours before dawn. The peak is on may 6, is expected to 50 meteors per hour, the Moon will not interfere with the observations. However, this is not the highest rate: in 2013, there were about 135 meteors per hour.
In may in the North the horizon is the constellation of Perseus, in the North-West – Twins, in the North-East – Cepheus and Cassiopeia, and under them near the horizon – Pegasus. In the southern part of the sky is Bootes, next to him – Corona Borealis and Hercules below them – Ophiuchus, near the horizon – Scorpio. In the South-West is the constellation Virgo. In the South-Eastern region high above the horizon is the constellation of the Lyre, and underneath the eagle.
The sun moves through the constellation of Aries until may 14, and then enters the constellation of Taurus and remains in it until the end of the month. Day length increases rapidly from 15 hours 22 minutes in the beginning of the month up to 17 hours 07 minutes in the end of may. 22 may-22 July evening astronomical twilight merges with the morning. Data are valid for the latitude of Moscow, where the Meridian height of the Sun for the month of may will increase from 49 to 56 degrees.
Exactly 70 years ago, on may 1 1949 by Gerard. was opened Nereid is the third largest moon of Neptune. It is believed that the celestial body was an asteroid that was captured by Neptune or the Kuiper belt object. To date, the Nereid remains one of the most neglected moons in the Solar system.
30 years ago, on may 4, 1989, in the United States to Venus running station “Magellan” for the first full-scale and detailed mapping of the planet. Its elongated polar orbit, the unit was released in August 1990.
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