Eta Aquariid shower peaks May 6

Star Gazing

Eta Aquariid  shower peaks May 6By ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly program on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum.

The next star party will be held Friday, May 3. Signs will be out at 8:30 p.m., with viewing at 9 p.m.

May Celestial Calendar

1. Jupiter rises in the southeastern sky after 11 p.m. the first of the month and about 8:30 p.m. the end of the month. It can be seen in the southeast then south all month.

2. Venus rises in the eastern sky after 5 a.m. but remains close to the sun all month. Look for it in the east after it rises and before the sun rises.

3. Saturn rises in the southeastern sky about 1 a.m. on May 1 and about midnight May 31. Look for it in the southeast and south after it rises.

4. Mercury moves to the evening sky this month, when it can be seen very low in the west-northwest after sunset the last few days of the month.

5. Mars remains in the evening sky where it can be seen in the west after sunset for about two hours.

6. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks in the east on the morning of May 6 under a moonless sky.

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

Story First Published: 2019-04-26