THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN MAY 2019
Dates and times shown are NZST (UT + 12 hours). Rise and Set times are for Wellington. They will vary by a few minutes elsewhere in NZ. Data is adapted from that shown by GUIDE 9.
THE SUN and PLANETS in MAY 2019, Rise & Set, Mag. & Cons. May 1 NZST May 31 NZST Mag Cons Rise Set Mag Cons Rise Set SUN -26.7 Ari 7.04am 5.30pm -26.7 Tau 7.33am 5.03pm Merc 0.8 Psc 5.20am 4.49pm -0.3 Tau 8.34am 5.37pm Venus -3.9 Psc 4.43am 4.26pm -3.8 Ari 5.50am 4.01pm Mars 1.5 Tau 10.29am 7.36pm .1.6 Gem 9.57am 7.02pm Jup -2.2 Oph 7.45pm 10.47am -2.4 Oph 5.37pm 8.35am Sat 0.6 Sgr 9.46pm 12.37pm 0.5 Sgr 7.44pm 10.37am Uran 5.9 Ari 6.25am 5.07pm 5.9 Ari 4.35am 3.13pm Nep 8.0 Aqr 2.36am 3.24pm 7.9 Aqr 12.41am 1.28pm Pluto 14.5 Sgr 9.56am 12.50pm 14.5 Sgr 7.57pm 10.51am May 1 NZST May 31 NZST Twilights morning evening morning evening Civil: start 6.39am, end 5.57pm start 7.05am, end 5.32pm Nautical: start 6.06am, end 6.30pm start 6.31am, end 6.06pm Astro: start 5.34am, end 7.02pm start 5.57am, end 6.39pm MAY PHASES OF THE MOON, times NZST (& UT) New moon: May 5 at 10.45am (May 4, 22:45 UT) First quarter: May 12 at 1.12pm (01:12 UT) Full Moon: May 19 at 9.11am (May 18, 21:11 UT) Last quarter May 27 at 4.34am (May, 26 16:34 UT)
PLANETS IN MAY 2019.
MERCURY will be visible about an hour before sunrise for the first week of May, a few degrees to the lower right of Venus. The moon, as a very thin crescent will be some 6° above Mercury on the morning of May 3.
Mercury is at superior conjunction on the 21st, so too close to the Sun for observation for the last three weeks of May.
VENUS drops further behind Mercury during May and remains a morning object. It will be readily visible fairly low in the morning twilight. The crescent moon will be to the right of and a little lower then Venus on the morning of May 3.
MARS is the one planet visible in the early evening. It sets about 2 hours after the Sun all month, a low object to the northwest as the sky darkens. On the 8th the crescent moon will be 3.5° above Mars
JUPITER will be easily visible to the east in the second half of the evening during May. It is also visible to the north and then west in the morning. The near full moon is just under 2° from Jupiter on the morning of May 21.
SATURN rises early evening by the end of May, so will readily be visible to the east an hour or two later. This month's occultation by the moon is visible from the south Indian Ocean.
URANUS begins to move up into the morning sky during May. It is one degree to the left of Venus on the morning of May 19.
NEPTUNE is also a morning object. It will be about 3° to the lower left of the moon on the morning of June 28, with the moon just past last quarter
PLUTO is about 3° from Saturn all month.
BRIGHTEST ASTEROIDS in MAY, mag. const. time of transit MAY 1 NZDT MAY 31 NZST Mag Cons transit Mag Cons transit (1) Ceres 7.6 Oph 2.32am 7.0 Sco 12.08am (2) Pallas 8.3 Boo 11.25pm 8.9 Com 9.15pm (4) Vesta 8.2 Cet 10.39pm 8.3 Psc 9.30am
CERES rises at 7.24 pm on the 1st and 5 pm on the 31st, being about 12° from Jupiter. The near full moon will be just under 4° to the upper left of Ceres on the evening of May 19 and less than 1° to the left of the asteroid the following morning. Ceres is at opposition on May 28.
PALLAS rises at 6.45 pm on May 1 when it will be 9° from Arcturus. By the end of May it will rise at 4.40 pm, shortly before sunset.
VESTA will be 3.3° to the left of Venus on the morning of May 2, with the moon some 9° above the two. The following morning the three will form a triangle with the moon 3° below Vesta and to the lower right of Venus. Vesta will rise at 3.45 am on the 31st.