Last Quarter: 8th
New Moon: 15th
First Quarter: 22nd
Full Moon: 29th
Mercury will be too close to the Sun to see.
at magnitude -3.9, Venus is the brightest object in the evening sky after the moon and can be seen in the west after sunset. Venus rises a little higher in the sky as the month goes on setting about two hours after the sun at the start of the month, and two and a half hours at the end.
Mars rises about 1:30 am at the beginning of the month and after midnight by the end. During the month, Mars has a magnitude which increases rapidly from -0.4 to -1.2 as the month goes on. Over the coming months, our view of Mars will continue to improve as we get closer together. Each month, Mars will appear bigger and brighter in our scopes, with more detail visible.
The King reaches opposition on May 8th, and will be visible all night, rising at about 8:30 pm at the beginning of the month and about 6 pm by the end. It is very bright at magnitude -2.5. Jupiter’s equatorial bands, the four Gallilean moons, and sometimes the Great Red Spot should make for a fun view through even a small telescope.
Saturn rises around 12:30 am at the beginning of the month, and about 10:20 pm by month’s end, climbing higher in the sky and getting brighter as the month goes on. The rings aren’t as wide as they were a few months ago but are still at a great angle.
Not this month. Uranus, rises around sunrise, and sets before sunset.
Maybe in the predawn sky towards the end of the month. Never easy.