The Brightest Planets in the May Night Sky and How to See Them

As was the case in April, four of the five brightest planets are visible only in the morning sky. Venus and Jupiter, coming out of close conjunction with each other on the last day of April, now begin to separate in May. Still spectacularly close to each other at the start of the month, these stunning two will be nearly 30 degrees apart by the end of the month.

Jupiter will rise higher each morning, arriving much weaker Mars until the 29th. Meanwhile, Mars offers the opportunity to see (with good binoculars and telescopes) the most distant planet — Neptune – on the 18th, with Mars passing just south of this bluish gas giant. Saturn it is also a morning object, positioned west of Venus, Jupiter and Mars.

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