May 2015 Night Photography Events Calendar

Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Well, it’s supposed to be on the first, but computer issues forced a delay this month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at other locations, although some of them may require correction for latitude and longitude.

The position of the Moon relative to the planets and stars changes throughout the night. Generally, when a position is given, it is for the period about 45 minutes after sunset or 45 minutes before sunrise. Do not confuse the times of the Moon phases for the times of Moonrise and Moonset. Consult local charts for rise and set times.

May of this year is not a terribly exciting month for night photographers. For me the best aspect is that towards the end of the month, the Milky Way is starting to look very good in the southern sky. Venus and Jupiter both shine in the western sky in the evening, putting on a nice show. It will look especially good from the 19th to the 22nd, when the crescent Moon will be present.

If you sign up for my free Night Photography News eNewsletter, you’ll receive each calendar as a PDF and two weeks early, on the 15th of the preceeding month. This will give you more time to plan your night shooting.



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