May 2021

This Month’s Sky


Our 10th Anniversary!
      Warmer weather and clearer skies are blooming! Our May evening skies feature the terrestrial planets, and the gas giants are featured in the predawn skies. Mercury puts on its best show of the year in May and reaches its highest western position on May 17th (Illustration 1).

     Venus’ visibility improves in May. Venus and Mercury make a close pairing on May 28th, in the western sky (Illustration 2). Mars can be found in the western sky in the constellation Gemini, the Twins (illustration 3). Saturn and Jupiter can be found in the predawn southeastern sky (Illustration 4).

     We have a partial lunar eclipse on May 26th. Partial begins at 5:44 am, with maximum eclipse at 5:59 am.
The eclipse ends at 6:02 am as the Moon sets. For our hike, we will begin around 9:30pm. Let’s grab our jacket, Starry Trail Map and binoculars. We can still enjoy a few more hikes without mosquitoes!

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Here’s what you’ll need to start exploring tonight’s sky:

Starry Trails

This narrative explains where to look and how to identify stars, deep sky objects, constellations, planets!

Starry Map

Your simple sky map to locate stars, planets and constellation positions.

Starry Trail Map

While using the narrative, this is your visual guide on starting point and the monthly adventure through the night sky.


Will show you the position of the constellations and help you seek them out.

Night Sky Checklist

This will help you keep track of everything you view in this months night sky.

Starry Trails Audio May

Take Starry Trails with you! – Listen to Suzie as she helps you navigate your journey thru the stars !!

Starry Trails Video Archive
Plus Hoover-Price Planetarium, Canton OH – Videos
Host Suzie Dills provides a look at the celestial highlights in the night sky!

 Make sure you check the sky chart in your area to make sure there are clear skies!
Clear Sky Cleveland Chart

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I’m VERY excited to share my children’s books with everyone!

Stella’s Starry Adventures!
Join Stella, as she takes you on an adventure through the night sky!
Kids will love learning about the constellations and more with Stella as their guide!

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Stellas’ books are available on Amazon – In Print and Kindle versions.