Sky Chart For The Month of May, 2018

 

ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR MAY 2018


The Moon

Last Quarter occurs on 8th at h. 7-39 I.S.T.

New Moon occurs on 15th  at  h. 17-18 I.S.T.

First Quarter occurs on 22nd at h. 9-19 I.S.T.

Full Moon occurs  on 29th  at  h. 19-50 I.S.T.

 

 

The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 16th.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 6th and at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 18th.


The Moon passes about 1½° north of Saturn after midnight of 4th i.e. on 5th , about 2½° north of Mars on 6th, about 2° south of Neptune on 10th, about 4½° south of Uranus and about 2½° south of Mercury on 13th, about 5° south of Venus on 17th and about 4° north of Jupiter before midnight of 27th.

The Planets

Visibility of Planets:

Mercury: The planet rises about 1½ hours to 1 hour before sunrise upto third quarter of the month and about 1 hour to ½ hour before it for the remaining days of the month.

Venus: The planet sets about 2 hours to 2½ hours after sunset throughout the month. The planet is in Perihelion position or nearest to the Sun on 16th.

Mars: The planet rises about ½ hour to 1 hour before local midnight upto second quarter of the month, about 1 hour to 1½ hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Jupiter: The planet rises about ½ hour after sunset to close to sunset time upto first quarter of the month, being in opposition with the Sun on 9th. Thereafter the planet sets from close to sunrise time to ½ hour before it upto third quarter of the month and about ½ hour to 1½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month.  

Saturn: The planet rises about 4 hours to 3½ hours after sunset upto first quarter of the month, about 3½ hours to 3 hours after it upto the second quarter of the month, about 3 hours to 2½ hours after it upto third quarter of the month and about 2½ hours to 2 hours after it for the remaining days of the month.

Uranus: The planet is too close to the Sun to be visible upto first quarter of the month. Thereafter it rises about 1 hour to 1½ hours before sunrise upto third quarter of the month and about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Neptune: The planet rises about 2½ hours to 2 hours after local midnight upto first quarter of the month, about 2 hours to 1½ hours after it upto second quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 1 hour after it upto third quarter of the month and about 1 hour to ½ hour after it for the remaining days of the month.

 

Conjunction of Planets:

Venus passes about 6½ º north of Aldebaran (Rohini) on 3rd.

Mercury passes about 2½ º south of Uranus on 13th.

 

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Pisces (Mina) to Aries (Mesha) on 9th.

Moves from Aries (Mesha) to Taurus (Vrisha) on 27th.

+0.3 to +0.1

+0.1 to -1.7

Venus (Sukra)

Moves from Taurus (Vrisha) to Gemini (Mithuna) on 14th..  

- 3.9

Mars (Mangala)

Moves from Sagittarius (Dhanus) to Capricornus (Makara) on 2nd.

-0.3 to -1.2

Jupiter (Brihaspati)

Remains in Libra (Tula).  

-2.5

Saturn (Sani)

Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

+0.3 to +0.2

Uranus

Remains in Aries (Mesha).

+6.0

Neptune

Remains in Aquarius (Kumbha).

+8.0


 

Source : : Director

Positional Astronomy Centre

India Meteorological Department

Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091.