You Can Watch The Giant Planet Meet The Red Planet With Your Naked Eyes: What to See in the Night Sky This Week

Every Monday, I choose the northern hemisphere’s celestial highlights (mid–northern latitudes). For the following week, be sure to visit my main feed and read more about stargazing, astronomy and eclipses.

What to Watch for in the Night Sky This Week: May 23rd-29th, 2022

In the wake last week’s thrilling total lunar eclipse (a-aria-label=”when’s the next one?” class=”color-link” data-ga-track=”InternalLink:” href=”” target=”_self” title=””>when is the next one?) the night sky has been dark and increasingly moonless. The Moon is now at Last Quarter. It will be interesting to watch it shrink to a crescent in east during the pre-dawn hours and pass the planets.

Keep an eye out for Jupiter and Mars, as they will be getting closer to one another every morning until Friday’s close conjunction. For any of the night sights this week, you don’t require any equipment – just clear skies and naked eyes.

Tuesday May 24, 2022: A crescent Moon, and Mars

To see a 33%-lit crescent Moon, just 2.4o away from Mars, look to the southeast before sunrise this morning. Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter will also appear.

Wednesday May 25, 2022: The crescent Moon and Jupiter

To see a 24%-lit crescent moon, look to the southeast before sunrise this morning. It is located just 3.3o away from Jupiter. Venus, Saturn, and Mars will also be visible.

Thursday May 26, 2022: A crescent Moon, Venus

This morning, look to the southeast before sunrise to see a 16%-lit crescent Moon, just 0.2o away from Venus, the “Morning Star.” Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible.

Friday May 27, 2022: The crescent Moon occults Venus

Only those living in Madagascar will see the waning crescent Moon, which is only 9% lit. It will occult Venus. The rest of us will see another beautiful conjunction with Venus, but this time with a smaller crescent Moon.

Sunday May 29th, 2022: Mars meets Jupiter

If you look at the southeast sky at the pre-dawn hour of this morning, you will see Jupiter and Mars very close together. They will be approximately 0.5o apart, which is about half the width of a full moon. Their lower-left will be visible close to the horizon.

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