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Volume 22 -- Issue 5
Planet Watch -- May 2016

Mercury transits the Sun on May 9th on its way to western elongation early next month.
Venus is too close to the Sun to be seen this month.
Mars reaches opposition on May 22nd and will be rising around sunset local time and be visible all night, setting around local time for sunrise. Mars will be the closest to the Earth this orbit as it comes within 0.503 AU (75,247,729 km; 46,756,771 miles)
Jupiter rises after sunset local time and is very visible the rest of the night hours, and is over the southwestern horizon at sunrise.
Saturn rises an hour or so before midnight local time and is visible the rest of the night hours.