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Ceres, the largest asteroid and brightest dwarf planet, will be at opposition on May 28

Club Meeting - 7 PM May 14

VENUE Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive , Corvallis, OR 97333

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Welcome to the home of the Heart of the Valley Astronomers in the central Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to sharing our passions for the night sky with the local community. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. We also regularly schedule star parties, technical assistance and educational outreach for public and private groups. Send an email to the club for outreach information.

MAY CELESTIAL EVENTS

May 6 - 7 - Dusk: The waxing crescent Moon is in Taurus about 2 to 3 degrees to the upper right of Aldebaran. Mars is nearby on the 7th.

May 10 - Evening: The almost first quarter Moon is in M44 (Beehive Cluster) in Cancer

May 11 - 12- Evening: The waxing Moon will dance around Regulus over these two evenings (right one night, left the next)

May 15 - Evening: The gibbous Moon, in Virgo, is just about 8 degrees above Spica.

May 19 - 20 - All night: The full Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Antares in the southeast.

May 20 - 23 - Morning: In the south-southwest the Moon is some 5 degrees to the right of Jupiter, over the next 3 mornings it will overtake Saturn and be about 5 degrees to the left of Saturn

May 28 - All night: Ceres, discovered in 1801, will be at opposition. Use binoculars to spot the dwarf planet at the border of Scorpius and Ophiuchus

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