The brightest planets in May’s night sky and how to see them


As was the case in April, four of the five brightest planets are visible solely in the morning sky. Venus and Jupiter, coming off of a tight conjunction with each other on the final day of April, now begin to part ways in May. Still spectacularly close to each other at the start of the month, these two dazzlers will be nearly 30 degrees apart by the month’s end. 

Jupiter will climb higher each morning, reaching much fainter Mars by the 29th. Meanwhile, Mars provides an opportunity to make a sighting (with good binoculars and telescopes) of the most distant planet — Neptune — on the 18th, with Mars passing just to the south of this bluish gas giant. Saturn is also a morning object, positioned far to the west of Venus, Jupiter and Mars. 


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