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  • Comet Halley, parent of 2 meteor showers May 4, 2016
    The Eta Aquarid meteor shower was spawned by the famous Comet Halley. But Halley spawned another meteor shower, too.
    Bruce McClure
  • Shortest lunar month of 2016 starts May 6 May 3, 2016
    Although the lunar month has a mean period of 29 days 12 hours and 44 minutes, the actual length varies throughout the year. Lengths of lunar months in 2016.
    Bruce McClure
  • Astronomical events in 2016 May 3, 2016
    Dates of major moon phases, conjunctions and oppositions of planets, meteor showers and other important dates in 2016, from astronomer Fred Espenak.
    Fred Espenak
  • Guide to Mars’ opposition on May 22 May 2, 2016
    Earth flies between Mars and sun on May 22, bringing it closer than Mars has been in over a decade. How to find and enjoy Mars during 2016's close opposition!
    Bruce McClure
  • Video: Mars and Saturn in 2016 May 2, 2016
    Video of this year's oppositions of Mars and Saturn, in front of the constellations Libra and Scorpius. Notice Mars appearing larger around its May 22 opposition!
    Deborah Byrd
  • Everything you need to know: Eta Aquarid meteor shower May 2, 2016
    In 2016, Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on mornings of May 5 and 6. How to watch, history, radiant point, what part of Earth is favored, here.
    Bruce McClure

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  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 29 – May 7 April 29, 2016
    Some daily sky events among the ever-changing Moon, planets, stars and constellations, from Sky & Telescope magazine, the essential guide to astronomy. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 29 – May 7 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert

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