Stargazing

Outside magazine, May 1995


Stargazing
By David N. Schramm


On the fifth, at about 4 A.M. eastern daylight time, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak and should be visible in most areas free from urban lighting. On the 11th, Mercury will reach its orbit's greatest elongation and will be extremely bright at dusk, 22 degrees east of the sun. (By the way, the 11th is also the anniversary of Einstein's 1916 unveiling of his general theory of relativity.) Mother's Day, the 14th, is the date of the full Moon. The morning of the 21st will be the last opportunity to view the sunlit north face of Saturn's rings until mid-August. The new Moon will occur on the 29th.

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