May Moon & Planet data for 2017


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 Mercury stationary
May 3 Moon first quarter
May 4 Regulus 0.5 degrees north of the Moon Occn
May 7 Jupiter 2.0 degrees south of the Moon
May 9 Mercury 2.3 degrees south of Uranus
May 10 Moon full
May 12 Moon at apogee
May 13 Saturn 3.1 degrees south of the Moon
May 14 Moon southern most declination (-19.3 degrees)
May 15 Pluto 2.4 degrees south of the Moon
May 18 Mercury greatest elong W(26)
May 19 Moon last quarter
May 20 Neptune 0.4 degrees north of the Moon Occn
May 22 Venus 2.2 degrees north of the Moon
May 23 Uranus 3.7 degrees north of the Moon
May 24 Mercury 1.6 degrees north of the Moon
May 25 Moon new
May 26 Moon at perigee
May 26 Aldebaran 0.6 degrees south of the Moon Occn
May 27 Mars 5.3 degrees north of the Moon
May 27 Moon northern most declination (19.4 degrees)
May 31 Regulus 0.2 degrees north of the Moon Occn
  • 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.
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth