Phases of the moon for May are:
• Thursday: Last quarter.
• May 10: New moon.
• May 18: First quarter.
• May 25: Full moon (Milk Moon, Planting Moon).
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak on the morning of May 6, and it looks favorable this year.
This shower’s radiant, in the little Y-shaped water urn asterism of Aquarius, rises in twilight only an hour or two before dawn at mid-northern latitudes.
On the first Wednesday evening of each month, after dark and weather permitting, the Northern Oklahoma College observatory will participate in a series of research programs with observatories from many countries and other locations around the world for the Hubble Space Telescope research program.
Anyone in the Enid community is welcome to participate. We will conduct observations and measure light outputs from selected stars to determine how these stars change their brightness over time. This data will contribute to the international professional astronomy research community.
The Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium will be open to the public at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item for Horn of Plenty would be appreciated.
The program for May is “Astronomy: 300 Years of Star Gazing,” followed by a program about Enid’s spring night sky.
Weather permitting, the observatory will be open for viewing objects in the night sky.
Every Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting, the observatory will be open to the public. Sessions start at 8:30 p.m. Large groups planning to visit the observatory or planetarium should call 548-2399 to schedule an appointment.
Killam is resident astronomer and astronomical league coordinator for Leonardo’s Star Quest Astronomy Club and director of the NOC observatory.