Sky Update gives us

SPACE STATION RAINBOW: “On May 12th, the International Space Station passed high over Queensbury, New York, where John E Cordiale was waiting … with a prism. When the bright light of the streaking spacecraft passed through the glass, it spread into all the colors of a rainbow”

and! “…Ready to make your own space station rainbow? Grab a prism and check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flybys.”

Los Angeles, the space station passes over us this weekend so keep your prisms to the sky!

According to the Griffith Park Sky Report: “On Monday, May 17, the ISS makes its best evening pass, crossing the sky from northwest to south-southeast between 8:53, and 8:57 p.m., appearing 53 degrees high in southwest the at 8:56 p.m., P.D.T.”

and! there are planets all over the place too, “The planets Venus, Mars, and Saturn are all bright and easy to see at sunset or shortly thereafter. They are the brightest objects forming a line across much of the sky, from northwest to southeast during the evening twilight. Orange Mars, in Cancer the crab, is close to Leo the Lion’s bright star, Regulus, and yellow Saturn, in Virgo the Maiden, is between Regulus and Virgo’s bright star Spica.

Planet Jupiter is 19 degrees high in the east-southeast at 5:00 a.m., appearing brilliant and with a cream-yellow hue. Use binoculars or a telescope to see its four Galilean satellites.

The waxing crescent moon returns to the evening sky on Friday, May 14. It may then be found 17 degrees to the lower right of Venus, and just above the west-northwest horizon starting half an hour after sunset. On Saturday night, the moon is only 4 degrees to the lower left of Venus, and on Sunday, 8 degrees to the upper left of the planet.”

Space out everybody!

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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