Coming to the beginning of May 2019, the moon will make a spectacular pairing with Mars and a few days later with the big star of the starry star.
As if it were not enough, we have a nice meteor shower to bless the night sky near you.
TV or computer can be difficult to compare if the night is clear!
Before going further, the appreciation extends to the Looking Up reader, Clyde Dejdrich. He sent a beautiful photograph of the Full Moon that he recently took, showing a line of geese that fly in front of you! He took them from the bridge through the Erie Canal between Mohawk and Herkimer, New York. "I could not believe what I got," Dideric said. "I did not know that geese could fly so high."
The image reminds me of the flock of geese I saw as they cross the moon many years ago. I looked through my telescope when this V-formation waved geese, in silence, passed between me and the moon. Geese were very small compared to the Moon's view, so they had to be quite distant. I did not have a picture to prove it, like Mr. Didrikh! Has anyone else had a similar experience?
The moon is currently the morning crescent, which led to the moon on Saturday, May 4th. During the next week, look for a beautiful crescent on the western sky, as the evening sundown deepens.
On the evening of May 6, after the stars come out, find a low, clear view of the western sky. Sun of the moon will be immediately above the star with a red-orange star Aldebaran (magnitude +0.9) and the formation of V-shaped non-geese, but the stars that make up the Hyades Star Cluster. Aldebaran is right at the leftmost of this rough "V" shape, albeit much closer to us than the star.
Just above, look for the planet Mars, fairly visible in size +1.6 and reddish.
Pay attention to the "earth", poorly illuminating the darker part of the moon. This is the sunlight that reflects from the Earth and reflects the moon again. A binocular look is incredible.
On May 10, the much thicker moon of the moon will be higher in the southwestern sky next to the star cluster of the hive. It should be a wonderful view in binoculars. The basket covers the same amount of sky as the moon.
Eta Aquaria Meteor Shower peaks on the morning of May 6. You will see most meteors after midnight. Eta Aquariid's meteorites are left on the particles of the famous Comet Halley, which spread around the long orbit of the comet. Every May the Earth passes through a meteor shower and pulls them.
It seems that they are coming out of the constellation Aquarius, which rises at about 2:30 in the beginning of May, as seen from the middle northern latitudes. Meters can be seen everywhere in the sky, but the members of the shower can be traced to the bulb.
The astronomy magazine predicts a peak of about 40 meteors per hour. This assumes a wide open, pure, dark skies.
Let me know if you are watching!
– Peter Becker is editor of News Eagle in Holly, PA The notes are welcome at [email protected] Please specify which newspaper or web site you are reading this column.