In the next two weeks the Moon will be in the early evening sky making it easy to find Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. The Moon will pass though the constellations Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpius, and by the bright stars Pollux, Castor, Procyon, Capella, Arcturus, Regulus, Spica and Antares. Note: This is based on information for Aurora, CO (Mountain Time), but is close enough for use in other locations unless noted.
The Moon will go from New Moon (May 28) to Full Moon (June 12) to in the next two weeks. Watch how the Moon changes position and phase as it orbits the Earth. Observe the Moon forty minutes to one hour after sunset (approximately 8:18pm to 8:27pm MDT at mid-month) if you can. After a few days see if you can predict where the Moon will be in the sky and its phase the next day. It’s a pattern our forefathers knew well, but lost to most of us living in the modern lighted world. You might just be surprised on how easy it is.
May 29-June 5: The waxing (gets bigger) crescent phases. The Moon starts off as a very thin crescent on the western horizon near the setting Sun. Over the next seven days the crescent will thicken and the Moon will move easterly away from the setting Sun to the south.
May 29-30: The Moon is to close to the setting sun to be easily seen.
May 31: A very thin crescent moon is in the constellation Gemini the twins. Jupiter is above the Moon. Above Jupiter are two somewhat bright stars Pollux and Castor, the Gemini twins. To the left of the Moon is Procyon in Canis Minor, the little dog. To the right of the Moon is Capella the goat star in the constellation Auriga, the charioteer.
June 1-2: The Moon is in the constellation Cancer the crab. There are no noticeably bright stars in Cancer. Procyon is below the Moon.
June 3-5: The Moon is in the constellation Leo, the lion. On Jun 3 the Moon will be under and right the star Regulus, the king star, the brightest star in Leo. On Jun 4 the Moon will be under and left the star Regulus. On June 5 the Moon is at first quarter Moon or half-moon. When the Moon is at first quarter it is approximately in same place in space as the Earth and you were 3.5 hours ago.
June 6-12: The waxing gibbous phases. The Moon is no longer a crescent when the Moon is at First Quarter. After First Quarter the moon phases start getting fuller until full. The Moon continues moving easterly away from the setting Sun until it is on the eastern horizon as the Sun sets.
June 6-8: The Moon is in the constellation of Virgo the virgin. On June 6 the Moon is right of Mars. On June 7 the Moon is close to an under Mars. On June 8 the Moon is just left of Spica the brightest star in Virgo. The Moon is about half way between Mars (right) and Saturn (left). The bright star above the Moon nearly overhead is Arcturus in the constellation Bootes the herdsman.
June 9-10: The Moon in the constellation of Libra the scales. There are no bright stars in Libra. On June 9 the Moon is right of Saturn. On June 10 the Moon is left of Saturn.
June 12: The Moon enters the constellation Ophiuchus the serpent-bearer the thirteenth constellation of the Zodiac. Astrologically the Zodiac has only twelve. There are no bright stars in Ophiuchus. Moon is also full . Technically the Moon is full for only a moment in time. That occurs at 10:13pm MDT. The full moon marks the transition of the Moon moving from the evening sky to the morning sky.
Wishing you clear skies