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Phone: 212-442-5050

Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager

Evan Lacher, Community Liaison

Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator

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Dedicated email for community concerns: streets@batteryparkcity.org

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Eyes to the Sky  

May 18 - 22, 2015 

All-night Saturn, long-night Venus, Jupiter



A host of climactic planetary spectacles are ours to marvel over these fine late May evenings and into the night. Stunning planet Venus, the Evening Star, is at the pinnacle of its climb in the west-northwest sky when seen shortly after sunset and is riveting until close to midnight. Saturn, brighter than it's been in over a decade, arrives at opposition from the sun on Friday. Jupiter, visible until close to 1am, is on course to rendezvous with Venus at the end of June.


Plan to look west shortly after sunset tomorrow and into twilight on Wednesday evening to savor the delicate crescent moon's brief appearance below dazzling Venus. Sunset is between 8:08 - 8:12 pm in the course of this week. Moonset is 9:44 pm tomorrow, 10:38 pm on Wednesday. On Thursday Luna appears to Venus' left and the charm continues Friday when the waxing (increasing in size) crescent, Jupiter and Venus form a threesome.


Also, on May 22, watch for Venus, Jupiter and the moon in the west after sunset. The green line depicts the ecliptic - path of the sun, moon and planets across our sky.


While facing west for a view of this threesome about an hour after sunset on the 22nd, be sure to turn around to look for bright, golden planet Saturn climbing above the east-southeast horizon. Saturn rises as the sun sets and sets close to sunrise (southwest-west) around the time it is at "opposition". Naked eye observing brings cosmic mysteries to our eyes. That said, now's an exceptionally good time to view the rings of Saturn through a telescope, an indelible sight once observed.


In our locale, from tonight through the 26th, the Evening Star sets at 11:45pm, the latest of the planet's current apparition. Both Venus and Jupiter are memorable sights through the eyepiece of a telescope. Seize the opportunity to observe through telescopes tomorrow night, Tuesday, beginning at 7:30pm, on the High Line. The program is presented under the auspices of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Go to the http://www.aaa.org/calendar/


Judy Isacoff


Photo's Courtesy of EarthSky.org