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Red Planet delights

A busy month features Mars at its biggest and brightest in 11 years, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaking under Moon-free skies, and Mercury’s first transit of the Sun since 2006.
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If events that occur once a decade whet your observing appetite, then May is the month for you. First, Mars shines brighter and looms larger through a telescope than at any time since 2005. The Red Planet will dominate the sky from dusk to dawn. Not to be outdone, Mercury crosses the face of the Sun on May 9 for the first time since November 2006.

But there is plenty more on tap during these pleasant spring nights. Jupiter will captivate anyone who looks up during the early evening hours, while beautiful Saturn entices viewers to stay up past midnight. It’s a month of super­latives and contrasts sure to thrill any planetary observer.

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