A little bit slow getting a post about stargazing this May from Glasgow and the sunrise and moon phases information up, but better late than never!
Here’s the view at midnight from Glasgow on 10th May – the night of the New Moon – but the sky changes only slowly from night to night through the month so you’ll see this (given a clear night) right through May. You can click on the image to make it bigger.
Due South around midnight you’ll see the second largest constellation in the northern night sky – Virgo. Dominated by the bright star, Spica it’s joined this May by the planet, Saturn. You should be able to distinguish between them – stars twinkle (scintilate) and planets are steady points of light. Saturn also has a golden colour, whist Spica is more blue-white.
Also, to the East you’ll start to see the asterism known as ‘The Summer Triangle‘ which is comprised of the bright stars Deneb, Altair and Vega.
- Last Quarter – 2nd May 2013, 12:15
- New Moon – 10th May 2013, 01:29
- First Quarter – 18th May 2013, 05:35
- Full Moon – 25th May 2013, 05:25
- Last Quarter – 31st May 2013, 19:59
Times are listed are local to Glasgow and take account of Daylight Saving Time.
Sunrise and set from Glasgow, UK
- 2nd May 2013 – Sunrise 05:31 Sunset 20:58
- 10th May 2013 – Sunrise 05:14 Sunset 21:14
- 18th May 2013 – Sunrise 04:59 Sunset 21:29
- 25th May 2013 – Sunrise 04:48 Sunset 21:40
- 31st May 2013 – Sunrise 04:41 Sunset 21:49
Times are listed are local to Glasgow and take account of Daylight Saving Time (also known as British Summer Time or BST).
Enjoy your stargazing!