Jupiter is that bright star shining in the eastern sky after sunset, rising about 3 hours before sunset early in the month. It is retrograding (appearing to move west compared to the starry background) into early next month. (See our article below about Jupiter and Spica.) On the evening of May 7, the waxing gibbous moon appears about 2.5 degrees from Jupiter with Spica about 10 degrees to the lower left of the giant planet.
Jupiter on May 11, 2017.
For more information about the planets see:
- 2017 Evening Planets
- 2017 Morning Planets
- Venus as a Morning Star, 2017
- Chart and Image Collection
- Jupiter’s Year with Spica: A Triple Conjunction