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Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. Calendars and handbooks for 2018 will be available. The next star party will be held Saturday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m.


1. Jupiter reaches opposition on May 8, so will be a fine object all night long. Watch it cross the southern sky from east to west.

2. Venus rises in the evening sky this month. It will be visible in the west after sunset.

3. Saturn rises in the southeast about midnight at the start of the month and about 10 p.m. at the end of the month.

4. Mercury remains in the morning sky late this month. Look for it very low in the east just before sunrise.

5. Mars rises in the southeast about 1:30 a.m. on May 1 and midnight on May 31. Watch it move across the southern sky.

6. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks on the morning of May 6.

For more information visit or call 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2018-04-27