[Chaos-l] Alice's What's up
ned.light at gmail.com
Wed May 12 22:45:37 EDT 2010
First, I want to thank Mike for the really cool info about Jupiter missing a
belt. He better get suspenders ...
Here is Alice's What's up for May, if you would like a MS Word version, let
me know and I will email it to you.. Thanks again to Alice for doing this,
I am just transcribing. Any mistakes are certainly mine.
*What’s up* for Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Next meeting June 8th
Sunset tonight – 8:10 PM
Sunrise tomorrow – 6:10 AM,
Length of twilight – 1 hour, 34 minutes until June 14th
Moon rise – 4:58 AM
Moon set – 6:07 PM
New Moon – June 13th First
quarter – June 20th
Full moon – June 27th Last quarter – July
Solar system round up
Mercury – mag. 0.1, low in the East in morning twilight, greatest elongation
the morning of the 20th, mag. 0.4
Venus – mag. –3.9 in Taurus, sets at 10:34 PM and will move into Gemini on
the 20th. Venus and the moon will be close, on the 15th (moon below) and 16
th (moon above).
Mars – mag. 0.9 between Cancer and Leo sets at 2:15 AM. The moon will be
near Mars on the 19th, and Mars will be close to Regulus (in Leo) the first
week in June, closest on June 6th. It should be a nice color contrast.
Jupiter – mag. –2.2 , rises at 3:50 Am in Pisces. Below the moon on June 6
th and near Uranus June 7th-11th.
Saturn -mag. 0.9 in Western Virgo, sets at 4 :08 AM. Titan transits on the
17th ~ 2:20 AM last past the setting of Saturn. Moon is below Saturn on the
22nd. Saturn and Mars will travel together for the next few months. The
basically bracket Leo now.
Uranus in Pisces, mag. 5.9. in the same binocular field as Jupiter
Pluto, mag. 14.0 in Northern Sagitarius.
Things to see
*Leo* is flanked by Mars and Saturn and makes a nice naked eye view.
NGC 2903 a bright barred spiral galaxy near the tip of the sickle. It is
also near Mars
M95, M96 and M105 galaxies in the middle of the body (about half way between
Regulus and Iota Leonis
M65, M66 and NGC 3628 Leo triplet galaxies near the hind legs of Leo, close
to Chort .
Rho Leonis – variable star approaching maximum in July, west of Regulus.
M53 – Globular cluster east of Alpha Comae (Diadem)
M64 – ‘Black Eye’ Galaxy
NGC 4565 – ‘Needle’ galaxy
M51 - Whirlpool galaxy, I always try to find this from the end of the Big
M63 – Sunflower galaxy
M94 – another galaxy
M104 – Sombrero galaxy
R Virginis approaches maximum this month and is near … M60- another galaxy
M81 and M82 – Bode’s galaxy and the Cigar galaxy. A nice pair that can be
seen at the same time. If you follow the cup of the Big Dipper as it points
to Polaris, these 2 are about one third the way and a little west of the
line between Polaris and Dubhe
R Ursa Majoris is just past its maximum and is near to VY UM, a carbon star
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