Look for Mercury at greatest eastern elongation this week, and the waning Moon near Jupiter and Saturn.
The highlights of this week include a double shadow transit on Jupiter, giving early risers in Canada a great show.
In the news recently: a potential planet comes to light in a twisty haze, Martian-like mud is created for lab analysis and Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar shares some ideas for coping with isolation.
After the Moon’s meetings with Mars, Neptune, Jupiter and Saturn last week, the waxing crescent takes a jaunt near Mercury and Venus.
Get out your cameras — this is a beautiful time for planets.
Scientists find the closest black hole to Earth, and the reason for Venus’ fast-spinning atmosphere. Read the latest in space news here.
This week, look for the Eta Aquariids reaching their peak, and the bright, Full Milk Moon. As next week begins, there will be a meeting of the Moon and planets, while Saturn begins its apparent retrograde motion.
While it’s a better meteor shower for Southern Hemisphere observers, the Eta Aquariids might reward Northern Hemisphere early risers with its fast-moving meteors as May begins.
While in isolation, make the most of the night sky. Here’s the SkyNews centre spread star chart for May/June 2020.