SKYLINE for May 2013
Compiled by the Noble Planetarium Staff
Upcoming Sky Events
Saturn is in opposition this month and everyone is talking about it! Okay, maybe not everyone, but sky watchers are certainly excited. Saturn was closest to Earth on April 28th and it’s still rather close. So May is a wonderful time to take a look at Saturn in our sky. Here is how you can find it in the sky.
Look to the east after sunset and find the three brightest lights in the sky in the shape of a triangle. The bottom light of this triangle is Saturn.
Picture courtesy of Stellarium
Also join us May 18, for our FREE Star Party!
Date: May 18, 2013
Time: Sunset till 11 PM
Location: Infront of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Gendy St.
Fort Worth Astronomical Society
May 21, 2013
UNT Health Sci. Center Rm 110
What's happening in the Planetarium?
Dark Matter is a fulldome movie from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at the University of Western Australia. It explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. Come see what the Noble Planetarium staff are calling the “Ninja Particle”
Mercury – May be visible just before sunset in late May.
Venus – Is still in the glare of the Sun this month, not to be seen in our skies until late May.
Mars – Mars stays close to the Sun in the west this month at sunset.
Jupiter – Does not budge much this month. It looks almost stuck in the horns of Taurus the Bull in the evening sky. Jupiter will no longer be visible by the end of May.
Saturn – Sits between two constellations, Libra and Virgo in the early morning sky. Saturn will rise In the east around 8 p.m.
Last Quarter: May 2
New Moon: May 10
First Quarter: May 18
Full Moon: May 25
Dates for 2013:
May 18 June 15 July 13 August 10 September 14 October 5 November 9
If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky just go to: http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/starclock/skywheel.html Uncle Al provides free and easy to use star wheels that you can download and print at home.
For more information about the night sky, contact the Noble Planetarium at 817-255-9409 or firstname.lastname@example.org