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Venus will appear at about the same elevation all month, remaining visible until after 10 p.m. local daylight saving time. It will begin the month in the constellation Taurus the Bull, whose bright star Aldebaran will be just below the brilliant planet on May 3.
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One of the two prominent stars that anchor the springtime arc is the bright bluish-white star Spica, which is located in the constellation of Virgo along the southern portion of the arc. It easily is visible to the north and east of the Corvus quadrangle.
Spica is Latin and translates as "ear of grain" or "ear of wheat." In Roman times, this furthered the existence of an even more ancient theme in which Spica and its parent constellation Virgo were imagined as an ear of grain - (Spica) is held by the goddess of agriculture (Virgo).

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Twilight brings dazzling Venus. Look toward the west to spot Venus, the very bright evening star. Venus will appear to hover at the same point above the horizon while the stars of Taurus and Gemini trek past. A slender crescent moon will pay a visit on May 15. As twilight fades, look to the lower right of Venus to spot the tiny crescent moon.
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The brightest planet in our sky puts on a dazzling spectacle in May.
Looking in the west-southwestern sky as evening twilight darkens, you will find Venus shining brilliantly at magnitude of -3.9. Often mistaken for an airplane, Venus will be high above the horizon 45 minutes after sunset all month long. On the evening of May 15, find a slender crescent moon just below Venus. The following night, the moon will be just above Venus.

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Venus is May's evening ''star,'' conspicuous in the western sky at sunset, shining at -3.93 magnitude. Our sister planet does not set until late evening, about 10:40 p.m., on Saturday. You will see a lovely trio of Venus, the Pleiades and Aldebaran (the eye of Taurus, the Bull) on the western horizon that night.
On May 15, see whether you can spot a tiny, two-day-old crescent moon 5 degrees right below Venus. At that time, our natural satellite is only 5 percent illuminated, so you may need binoculars to find it.

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On the 1st May, Venus is close to the magnitude 4 star Kappa1 Tauri (HIP 20635) in the evening sky.

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Possible sighting times for the International Space Station (ISS) from London, UK, between Saturday 24 April and Thursday 6 May 2010.
Local date/time Duration
(mins)
Max
elevation
(deg)
Approach
(deg-dir)
Departure
(deg-dir)
Sat Apr 24/03:08 AM 1 45 45 above E 17 above E
Sat Apr 24/04:40 AM 4 40 15 above W 17 above SE
Sun Apr 25/03:32 AM 2 70 65 above SW 17 above ESE
Sun Apr 25/05:06 AM 3 20 15 above WSW 15 above S
Mon Apr 26/03:58 AM 2 38 36 above SW 17 above SE
Tue Apr 27/04:23 AM 1 19 19 above SW 16 above S
Thu Apr 29/09:42 PM 2 23 16 above S 22 above SE
Fri Apr 30/10:06 PM 3 46 15 above SW 27 above E
Sat May 01/08:57 PM 3 24 16 above SSW 16 above ESE
Sat May 01/10:31 PM 3 77 16 above WSW 44 above E
Sun May 02/09:21 PM 4 48 15 above SW 15 above E
Sun May 02/10:57 PM 2 84 16 above W 80 above ENE
Mon May 03/09:47 PM 4 79 16 above WSW 17 above E
Mon May 03/11:22 PM 1 41 16 above W 41 above W
Tue May 04/10:12 PM 4 84 16 above W 17 above E
Tue May 04/11:47 PM < 1 19 16 above W 19 above W
Wed May 05/09:02 PM 4 81 16 above WSW 17 above E
Wed May 05/10:37 PM 3 86 16 above W 45 above ESE

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