No need for a telescope! Here are a couple fun astronomical features to look for in May.
Spot Some Shooting Stars
On the night of May 4 and into the early morning hours of May 5, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak! These meteors come from rocks and dust left behind by Halley’s Comet as it sails through space. Halley’s Comet only appears in our skies every 75 years or so, but the Eta Aquarids are visible every year in early May.
The best time to view them is between midnight and dawn, so if the skies are clear, grab a parent and spend some time outdoors to see if you can spot a meteor or two! And don’t forget to make a wish!
A Supermoon Lunar Eclipse
May’s full Moon is the second and last supermoon of 2021. Supermoons are just a little bit bigger and brighter than your average full Moon, though the difference is hard to see with the naked eye!
What makes this Moon extra special is the fact that a lunar eclipse will also happen at this time. A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth stands directly between the Moon and the Sun, which results in Earth casting its shadow on the Moon. If you are located in western North America, you will have a chance to see it happen in the very early morning hours of Wednesday, May 26!
For the best view of this full Moon, which is traditionally called the Flower Moon, look toward the sky on Tuesday, May 25. Read more about the Full Flower Moon here!