Not to be missed Astronomical Events in May 2021

May 4-7 : Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

It will peak on the night of May 4-5. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern hemisphere with an average of 60 meteros/hour. In the Northern hemisphere, it can range about 10-30 meteors per hour.

It occurs when Earth passes through the debris particles left behind by comet the Halley.

Halley’s Comet

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. All you have to do is take some 20 minutes before to let your eyes train to the dark. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but it may appear anywhere in the sky.

May 15 – Mercury at the highest

On May 15, past the sunset you will find the Mercury to reach the highest altitude above horizon on the western sky.

At night, the waxing moon can be found to be just inches away to the south of Mercury. It may linger till May 17 after which the planet would tend to sink down.

May 26 – Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse (Super Flower Moon)

It is the second of the three super moons of 2021. It is going to be the sight of the half of the world, not only because it is going to be the biggest and the brightest moon of the year but also because of the reason that our supermoon is going to enter the state of lunar eclipse.

Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance.

The eclipse will be visible throughout the Pacific Ocean and parts of eastern Asia, Japan, Australia, and western North America. For the rest can experience the sight of the normal super-moon.

May 28 – Mercury and Venus Conjunction

On May 28th, you can see Mercury and Venus too close with those two worlds only inches apart.

At night, the moon, Mercury and Venus all three will all be a delightful spectacle for the star-gazers.

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