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May 5, 2016

Your Starry Guide to the Month of May 2016

Mars will be at opposition on May 22. Opposition occurs when the sun and Mars are on opposite sides of the Earth. That means Mars will be the brightest it's been in 11 years, with a magnitude of -2.1. This is the great opportunity to observe the "red planet."

Jupiter will be above the horizon at dusk in the beginning of May. It will set just before 4 am. Mars will rise around 9:46 pm, followed by Antares at 10:06 and Saturn at 10:13 pm. This small triangle is easy to spot, making it easy to find the two planets.

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