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Night Sky Guide – May 2023

Welcome to our monthly guide to the night sky! We are posting a monthly list of astronomical activities to keep an eye out for in the night sky. 

Friday 5th May  – Full moon at 6.34 am.

The moon, or supermoon, is seen as it sets over Washington on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. Early Monday morning, the moon was the closest it has been to Earth since 1948 and it appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than the average monthly full moon. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Saturday/Sunday 13th/14th May – In the early morning the crescent Moon will pass below Saturn.

Wednesday 17th May – In the morning sky Jupiter will appear close to the crescent Moon.

Friday 19th May – New Moon at 4.53 pm.

Night of 22nd/23rd May – Thin crescent Moon will be seen to the lower right of Venus, with Mars visible to the left.

Sky map for 22nd-24th May.
Artwork Credit: Sadhbh Leahy.

Wednesday 24th May – Mars now below the crescent Moon with Venus to the lower right.

Written by the Public Engagement Officer at DIAS Dunsink Observatory, Sadhbh Leahy.