What to see in the night sky this week

Every Monday I pick the celestial highlights of the Northern Hemisphere (mid-northern latitudes) for the week ahead, but make sure check my main feed for more in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy, eclipses, and more.

Things to watch out for in the night sky this week: May 23-29, 2022

In the wake of last week’s exciting total lunar eclipse (when’s the next?), the night sky has grown dark and increasingly moonless. With the Moon now in Last Quarter, the first few days of this week will be a good time to watch the moon slim to a crescent in the east in the hours before sunrise as it passes the planets.

Keep an eye out for Mars and Jupiter, though, which appear to be moving closer each morning until Friday’s close conjunction. You don’t need gear for this week’s nighttime sights—just clear skies and your own big, naked eyes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022: A crescent moon and Mars

Look southeast this morning before dawn to catch a glimpse of a 33% lit crescent moon just 2.4º from the planet Mars. Venus, Saturn and Jupiter will also be visible.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022: A crescent moon and Jupiter

Look southeast this morning before dawn to catch a glimpse of a 24% lit crescent moon just 3.3º from the giant planet Jupiter. Venus, Saturn and Mars will also be visible.

Thursday, May 26, 2022: A crescent moon and Venus

Look southeast this morning before dawn to catch a glimpse of a 16% lit crescent moon just 0.2º from super-bright Venus, the “Morning Star.” Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will also be visible.

Friday, May 27, 2022: A crescent moon eclipses Venus

The waning crescent moon – only 9% lit – will occult the planet Venus, but only for those in Madagascar. For the rest of us, there will be another beautiful conjunction with Venus, this time with an even slimmer crescent moon than yesterday.

Sunday, May 29, 2022: Mars meets Jupiter

Look at the southeastern sky at dawn and you will see the planets Jupiter and Mars close together. They will be about 0.5º apart – about half the width of a full moon. Bright Venus will become visible to their lower left corner close to the horizon.

I wish you a clear sky and big eyes.

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