Events for May 2014

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for May 2014. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for May 2014
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        (h:m)

May 02  23     Mercury at Perihelion 
    06  10:22  Moon at Apogee: 404319 km
    07  03:15  MOON AT FIRST QUARTER 
    10  18     Saturn at Opposition 
    11  13:32  Mars 3.0°N of Moon
    12  22:06  Moon at Ascending Node 
    14  12:41  Saturn 0.5°N of Moon: Occn.
    14  19:16  FULL MOON 
    16  12     Venus at Aphelion 
    18  11:58  Moon at Perigee: 367099 km
    21  12:59  MOON AT LAST QUARTER 
    25  07     Mercury at Greatest Elong: 22.7°E
    25  15:43  Venus 2.3°S of Moon
    25  17:56  Moon at Descending Node 
    28  18:40  NEW MOON 

As the events above transpire, I will post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for five time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Eastern Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Central Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mountain Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Pacific Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

For additional years and time zones, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

The sky events tables were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak