May Moon & Planet data for 2016


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 Neptune 1.6 degrees south of the Moon
May 5 Uranus 2.1 degrees north of the Moon
May 6 Moon at perigee
May 6 Venus 2.6 degrees north of the Moon
May 6 Moon new
May 7 Mercury 5.1 degrees north of the Moon
May 8 Aldebaran 0.5 degrees south of the Moon Occn
May 9 Mercury inferior conjunction
May 9 Moon northern most declination (18.5 degrees)
May 9 Jupiter stationary
May 13 Moon first quarter
May 13 Mercury 0.4 degrees south of Venus
May 14 Regulus 2.2 degrees north of the Moon
May 15 Jupiter 1.9 degrees north of the Moon
May 18 Spica 4.9 degrees south of the Moon
May 18 Moon at apogee
May 21 Moon full
May 21 Mercury stationary
May 21 Mars 5.9 degrees south of the Moon
May 22 Mars at opposition
May 22 Saturn 3.2 degrees south of the Moon
May 24 Moon southern most declination (-18.5 degrees)
May 25 Pluto 2.9 degrees south of the Moon
May 29 Moon last quarter
May 29 Neptune 1.4 degrees south of the Moon
May 30 Mars nearest to Earth
  • 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