May Moon & Planet data for 2015


The follwing table lists various solar system object events during May. A list of astronomical terms used in may be found after the table.

May 2 Spica 3.3 degrees south of the Moon
May 4 Moon full
May 5 Saturn 2.0 degrees south of the Moon
May 7 Mercury greatest elong E(21)
Moon southern most declination (-18.3 degrees)
May 8 Pluto 3.1 degrees south of the Moon
May 11 Moon last quarter
May 12 Neptune 3.3 degrees south of the Moon
May 14 Moon at perigee
May 15 Uranus 0.2 degrees north of the Moon Occn
May 18 Moon new
Mars 4.6 degrees north of the Moon
May 19 Aldebaran 1.0 degrees south of the Moon Occn
Mercury 5.6 degrees north of the Moon
Mercury stationary
May 20 Moon northern most declination (18.4 degrees)
May 23 Saturn at opposition
May 24 Jupiter 5.0 degrees north of the Moon
May 25 Regulus 3.6 degrees north of the Moon
Moon first quarter
May 26 Mars 5.9 degrees north of Aldebaran
Moon at apogee
May 27 Mercury 1.6 degrees south of Mars
May 28 Mercury 3.9 degrees north of Aldebaran
May 29 Spica 3.4 degrees south of the Moon
May 30 Venus 4.0 degrees south of Pollux
Mercury inferior conjunction
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • declination: 'Latitude' for celestial objects. The distance in degress above (north) or below (south) the celestial equator.
  • inferior conjunction: Conjunction where a solar system object is between the Earth and the Sun
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth