May's Cosmic Light Show: Meteors, Flower Moons, and More
Eta Aquarid meteor shower
: On May 5th and 6th, look up to see shooting stars from the debris of Halley's Comet. Best viewed after midnight in the southern hemisphere.
The full moon on May 10th is known as the "Flower Moon." It will be at its peak brightness at 9:28 pm Eastern Time.
Total Lunar Eclipse:
On May 16th, the Earth will cast its shadow on the Moon, creating a total lunar eclipse visible in Australia, parts of Asia and the western United States.
Jupiter and Saturn:
The two gas giants will be visible in the early morning sky before dawn throughout the month.
Double Shadow Transit:
On May 20th, both Io and Europa, two of Jupiter's moons, will cast their shadows on the planet at the same time.
Spica and the Moon:
On May 21st, the bright star Spica will be seen near the Moon in the early morning hours.
On May 24th, Mercury will pass in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, providing a rare opportunity to see the small planet.
Venus and the Moon:
On May 28th, Venus and the Moon will be in close proximity, making for a beautiful sight in the western sky after sunset.