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May 22, 2012

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31 Days
Moon
Illum.
percent
Mercury
Elong.
degs
Mercury
Dist.
AU
Venus
Elong.
degs
Venus
Dist.
AU
Mars
Elong.
degs
Mars
Dist.
AU
Jupiter
Elong.
degs
Jupiter
Dist.
AU
Saturn
Elong.
degs
Saturn
Dist.
AU
Uranus
Elong.
degs
Uranus
Dist.
AU
Neptune
Elong.
degs
Neptune
Dist.
AU
Tues  22 0.9% 6.63 1.3067 21.96 0.3215 99.62 1.1091 6.20 6.0079 142.53 8.9247 52.94 20.6790 88.87 30.0504
Wed  23 3.6% 5.47 1.3122 20.72 0.3175 99.01 1.1171 6.92 6.0066 141.51 8.9349 53.86 20.6656 89.82 30.0335
Thurs  24 8.1% 4.29 1.3165 19.44 0.3137 98.40 1.1251 7.65 6.0051 140.50 8.9454 54.78 20.6520 90.78 30.0166
Fri  25 14.3% 3.12 1.3195 18.13 0.3102 97.81 1.1330 8.37 6.0033 139.50 8.9560 55.71 20.6383 91.73 29.9997
Sat  26 21.9% 1.99 1.3212 16.78 0.3069 97.21 1.1410 9.09 6.0014 138.49 8.9669 56.63 20.6244 92.69 29.9828
Sun  27 30.9% 1.10 1.3215 15.40 0.3038 96.63 1.1490 9.82 5.9993 137.48 8.9781 57.55 20.6104 93.64 29.9659
Mon  28 40.9% 1.25 1.3203 14.00 0.3011 96.05 1.1570 10.54 5.9970 136.48 8.9894 58.48 20.5962 94.60 29.9491
Tues  29 51.6% 2.24 1.3177 12.57 0.2986 95.47 1.1649 11.26 5.9945 135.48 9.0009 59.40 20.5818 95.55 29.9322
Wed  30 62.6% 3.40 1.3137 11.13 0.2964 94.90 1.1729 11.99 5.9918 134.48 9.0127 60.33 20.5674 96.51 29.9154
Thurs  31 73.3% 4.59 1.3083 9.68 0.2945 94.34 1.1808 12.71 5.9889 133.48 9.0246 61.25 20.5528 97.47 29.8986
Fri  1 83.0% 5.79 1.3015 8.23 0.2928 93.78 1.1887 13.43 5.9858 132.48 9.0368 62.17 20.5380 98.42 29.8819
Sat  2 91.1% 6.98 1.2934 6.80 0.2915 93.23 1.1967 14.16 5.9825 131.49 9.0492 63.10 20.5232 99.38 29.8652
Sun  3 96.7% 8.15 1.2840 5.43 0.2905 92.68 1.2046 14.88 5.9791 130.50 9.0617 64.03 20.5082 100.34 29.8486
Mon  4 99.6% 9.30 1.2735 4.21 0.2898 92.13 1.2125 15.61 5.9754 129.50 9.0744 64.95 20.4931 101.29 29.8320
Tues  5 99.5% 10.42 1.2618 3.30 0.2894 91.60 1.2203 16.33 5.9716 128.51 9.0873 65.88 20.4779 102.25 29.8154
Wed  6 96.5% 11.52 1.2493 3.02 0.2893 91.06 1.2282 17.06 5.9675 127.53 9.1004 66.81 20.4625 103.21 29.7989
Thurs  7 90.9% 12.57 1.2358 3.53 0.2895 90.54 1.2361 17.78 5.9633 126.54 9.1137 67.73 20.4471 104.17 29.7825
Fri  8 83.3% 13.60 1.2215 4.56 0.2900 90.01 1.2439 18.51 5.9589 125.55 9.1271 68.66 20.4315 105.13 29.7662
Sat  9 74.3% 14.59 1.2066 5.84 0.2909 89.49 1.2517 19.24 5.9543 124.57 9.1407 69.59 20.4159 106.08 29.7499
Sun  10 64.6% 15.53 1.1911 7.23 0.2920 88.98 1.2595 19.96 5.9495 123.59 9.1545 70.52 20.4001 107.04 29.7337
Mon  11 54.5% 16.44 1.1750 8.66 0.2935 88.47 1.2673 20.69 5.9445 122.61 9.1684 71.45 20.3843 108.00 29.7176
Tues  12 44.5% 17.31 1.1586 10.11 0.2952 87.96 1.2751 21.42 5.9393 121.63 9.1825 72.38 20.3684 108.96 29.7016
Wed  13 35.0% 18.14 1.1418 11.56 0.2973 87.46 1.2828 22.14 5.9339 120.66 9.1967 73.31 20.3523 109.92 29.6856
Thurs  14 26.2% 18.93 1.1247 12.99 0.2996 86.97 1.2905 22.87 5.9284 119.68 9.2111 74.24 20.3363 110.88 29.6698
Fri  15 18.3% 19.68 1.1074 14.40 0.3022 86.47 1.2982 23.60 5.9227 118.71 9.2256 75.17 20.3201 111.84 29.6541
Sat  16 11.6% 20.38 1.0899 15.79 0.3051 85.98 1.3059 24.33 5.9168 117.74 9.2402 76.10 20.3039 112.80 29.6385
Sun  17 6.2% 21.04 1.0724 17.15 0.3082 85.50 1.3136 25.06 5.9107 116.77 9.2550 77.04 20.2876 113.76 29.6230
Mon  18 2.4% 21.66 1.0547 18.47 0.3116 85.02 1.3212 25.79 5.9044 115.80 9.2699 77.97 20.2712 114.73 29.6076
Tues  19 0.3% 22.24 1.0371 19.76 0.3152 84.54 1.3288 26.52 5.8980 114.84 9.2849 78.90 20.2548 115.69 29.5923
Wed  20 0.1% 22.78 1.0194 21.02 0.3191 84.07 1.3364 27.25 5.8914 113.88 9.3001 79.84 20.2383 116.65 29.5771
Thurs  21 1.8% 23.28 1.0018 22.24 0.3232 83.60 1.3439 27.99 5.8846 112.91 9.3153 80.77 20.2218 117.61 29.5621

Elong. is a planet's elongation: the angle between the Sun and the planet. It measures the visual distance of a planet from the Sun, as seen from Earth, with values from 0 to 180° degrees. A planet with an elongation close to 180° is visible on the meridian at midnight local time.
Dist. is a planet's distance from the Earth in astronomical units (mean distance between Earth and Sun). Planets appear larger through a telescope when they are closer to the Earth for better viewing opportunities.
Graphic: the above image shows the Sun and planets on the ecliptic, with the exception of the Earth, the observer's location. Planets to the left of the Sun in the above graphic are visible after sunset, and planets shown to the right of the Sun are best visible before sunrise. Planets are not visible when they are too close to the Sun (elongation < 15°) except during total solar eclipses.