This whole week is full of wonders in the heavens.
Fresh air does us all good, and this week's night skies will give you the perfect excuse to step outside and take a few deep breaths.
On Monday late evening, May 4 into early morning Tuesday, May 5, the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will hit the peak as they streak across the skies. The shower is capable to produce around 60 meteors an hour in the Southern Hemisphere; however, those of us in the northern hemisphere are more likely to see about half of that, 30 meteors, per hour. Best time to see them will be the wee hours of May 5, but, the meteor show will actually last until May 31.
The Eta Aquarids radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but the meteors are visible anywhere in the sky.
But, this is where the second cool event of cosmos might interfere. The Super Flower Moon, which is both a full moon and super moon, will be ramping up to its full power on May 7. Unfortunately, that means that it will be close to full for the peak of the Aquarids shower, making the meteors less visible.
But, that doesn't mean you can't see a show still. It's best to go somewhere away from as many lights as possible and spend at least 30 minutes in the dark to let your eyes adjust. Even if you can only step out on your back porch, give your eyes the time to adjust, and you'll have a better chance of seeing a shooting star.
If the meteor shower leaves you wanting more, then you'll only have to wait until May 7 to see the Super Flower Moon. This extra-big, extra-bright moon is the last of the supermoons for 2020. It's known as the Flower Moon to signal all the blooms that May brings. It's also known as the full-corn planting moon or the milk moon, which comes from the plentiful milk livestock produce after eating all the wonderful new greenery.
Will you be doing a little star-and moon-gazing this week? Let us know in the comments!