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The Night Sky in May

A list of the celestial objects visible in May:

 

NEBULAE

M 1 Crab (Cancer)
M 42 – The Great Nebula (Orion)

PLANETARY NEBULA

Owl (Ursa Major)

GALAXIES

M 51 Whirlpool (Canes Venatici) M 81 & M 82 Bode’s (Ursa Major) M 65, M66, NGC 3628 Triplet (Leo)

GLOBULAR STAR CLUSTERS

M 13 (Hercules)
Omega Centauri (Centaurus)

OPEN STAR CLUSTERS

M 38 Starfish (Auriga)
M 41 (Heart of the Dog)
M 44 Beehive (Cancer)
Caldwell 41 Hyades (Taurus) (Bare Eye) NGC 1976 Trapezium (Orion)

BARE EYE OBJECTS

Satellites and Meteor Showers

FIRST MAGNITUDE STARS

Aldebaran (Taurus the Bull) Antares (Scorpius)
Arcturus (Bootes the Kite) Bellatrix (Orion)
Betelgeuse (Orion the Hunter) Capella (Auriga the Charioteer) Pollux (Gemini)

Procyon (Canis Minor the Little Dog) Regulus (Leo)
Rigel (Orion)
Sirius (Canis Major the Big Dog) Spica (Virgo)

Vega (Lyra)

ASTERISMS

Belt (Orion)
Big Dipper (Ursa Major)
Butterfly (Hercules)
Diamond (Virgo)
Guardians of The Pole (Ursa Minor) Keystone (Hercules)
Kids (Auriga)
Kite or Ice Cream Cone (Bootes)
Little Dipper (Ursa Minor)
Milk Dipper (Orion)
Sickle (Leo)
Sword (Orion)
Winter Circle (clockwise: Capella, Aldebaran, Rigel, Sirius, Procyon, Pollux)
Winter Triangle (Betelguese, Procyon, Sirius) Bootes (Herdsman)
Canis Major (Big Dog)
Canis Minor (Little Dog)
Canes Vanetici (Hunting Dogs)

CONSTELLATONS

Centaurus (Centaur)
Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair) Corona Borealis (Northern Crown) Corvus (Crow)
Hercules (Hero)
Hydra (Water Snake)
Leo (Lion)
Libra (Scales)
Orion (Hunter)
Perseus (Hero)
Scorpius (Scorpion) rising Southern Cross (Centaurus) rising Taurus (The Bull)
Ursa Major (Big Bear)

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