A tour of our favourite celestial objects in the night sky that you can see in May and June 2021 from Wairarapa, New Zealand one of the darkest places in the world, where the Milky Way stretches from one horizon to the other. A favourite this month, quasar 3C – 273 and other space oddities,
May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It is named after the Greek goddess, Maia or Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea. Old English – Maius, Latin name – Maius mensis – Month of Maia, Old French – Mai. Maia was one of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes. Maia is the daughter of Atlas and Pleione the Oceanid and is the oldest of the seven Pleiades. Because they were daughters of Atlas, they were also called the Atlantides. For the Romans, it embodied the concept of growth and as her name was thought to be related to the comparative adjective maius, maior “larger, greater”. Convallaria majalis, the Lily of the Valley, is named after it and it is the flower of May in Europe.
The stars around Sirius make up the constellation of Canis Major which has some really nice open clusters to view through binoculars or a telescope.
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