Thursday, May 3, 2007

Interesting Events Above Your Head This May

Cosmic happenings, can't get enough.  Venus reaches brillance all May while Mercury can be seen in the latter part of the month, if you look to the lower right of Venus.  Excellent visibility.  Saturn intends to stay high in the southwest during the dusk hours, with Jupiter well-up in view from late to early dawning hours.

All May, Venus will swell enormously, brilliantly, as twilight fades, showing off at a magnitude of 4.0, blazing away for about l-l/2 hours after twilight.

On May 19th, Venus pairs up closely and spectacularly with the crescent moon, appearing only 2" apart during twilight viewes all throughout North America.

Also on May 19th you'll note Venus passes less than 2 degress from a star-cluster at the feet of Gemini.  You'll of course need binocs.  Venus will be passing very close to other brilliant stars while in the area of the star Epsilon Geminorum.  May is definitely a "Venus" month.  It again passes through the area of brilliant stars on May 29th.

Again, you'll need binocs and of course if you have a telescope get out there.  You'll clearly see Venus swelling and waning, back and forth, as it glows hugh, bright and brilliantly, then wanes to a mere drip of light. 

As Venus slowly puts distance between itself and our star, we welcome its brightly beaming glow.  Watch! 

Facts Courtesy Sky & Telescope, Skywatcher Mag

 

   

 

7 comments:

queenb8261 said...

Nothing like Venus in the Spring sky.
Thanks for the information!
Hugs, Barb

princesssaurora said...

May can be such a pretty month... only fitting that Venus shines so bright!  

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

a35ramy said...

Cathy hi hun I am writing this to you hun, I guess I know I am not soppose to post this here hun. But I don't know where I am soppose to reply to you at hun. You left this message on my thingy, lol.

Ruth my dear, this is extremely cathartic that you're venting all your memories, and in a public forum where you obviously feel secure enough, safe enough, to tell your incredible tale of what should've been a very different childhood.  Yet through all you endured, something very strong and brave must exist inside you, for you're able to talk about it, trying to see it all for what it really was.  No matter what of the past, you ARE something NOW.  That's what counts.  Keep journaling your memories as you feel, and remember you're safe here!  xoxo luv you, CATHY
http://journals.aol.com/luddie343/DARETOTHINK/
Comment from luddie343 - 5/3/07 8:03 PM
at Growing Up Nothing: The Wish


I wanted to say thanks sweetie for taking the time to read it hun. Sorry that I have not been over here to tell you sooner. My dad died March 20 and its been kinda hard on all of us. I am so happy to say that he was saved. So that is one huge blessing to all of us. Thanks so so much for all of your support hun. God bless you, Hugs, Ruth

brainwhispers said...

Where's Cathy gone?

kemh632 said...

Venus is the goddes of love.

luddie343 said...

Cathy 2 Karen:  Yes indeed she is.  Venus the planet however, isn't a "place of love" or has anything to do with ancient Greco-Roman mythology.  People saw things in the heavens and ascribed powers to the forms they imagined were outlined by the constellations, etc.  Some thought Venus was actually a star.  Too bad Venus isn't a "loving" planet though lol.  Scalding hot, very inhospitable!  

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