Another meteor shower peaks this week up in the sky
(WHSV) - Into May we go! A fairly quiet week but another meteor shower peaks this week.
We will be gaining 14 minutes of daylight over the course of this week. By Monday, May 9th, we’ll have 14 hours and 5 minutes of daylight and 9 hours and 55 minutes of nighttime. Sunrise moves from 6:17 am to 6:09 am while sunset moves from 8:08 pm to 8:14 pm. On Saturday, May 7th, we will have more than 14 hours of daylight for the first time since August 4th, 2021! For about the next 3 months, we will have more than 14 hours of daylight.
ISS Viewing (Most Viewable)
|Monday, May 2nd, 4:22 am||3 min||16°||above NW||above NNE|
|Tuesday, May 3rd, 3:36 am||2 min||19°||above N||above NNE|
Moon Phases & Next Full Moon:
|Moon Phase||Date and Time|
|First Quarter Moon||Sunday, May 8th, 8:21 pm|
|Full Moon||Monday, May 16th, 12:14 am|
|Third Quarter Moon||Sunday, May 22nd, 2:43 pm|
|New Moon||Monday, May 30th, 7:30 am|
Next Full Moon
The next full moon will be Monday, May 16th, at 12:14 am. May’s full moon is known as the Flower Moon, to represent flowers blooming. Other names for this full moon include Hare Moon, Corn Planting Moon, and Milk Moon.
Wait there’s more! In addition to the full moon occurring in mid-May, this moon will also be a Blood Moon. This is because a total lunar eclipse will occur! The total lunar eclipse turns the moon red during the event.
Other Interesting Events
On Monday, May 2nd, a very thin crescent moon will be in the west-northwest horizon after sunset. Mercury will be four finger widths to the bottom right of the moon. You’ll be able to view this pair together in binoculars until just after sunset at 8:30 pm when Mercury sets.
Before dawn on Friday, May 6th, the Eta-Aquariids Meteor Shower will peak. With the peak of this meteor shower, it will produce a few dozen meteors per hour and will include fireballs. The meteors will be starting out in the southeastern sky. You may even be able to view it the evening before after dusk but the moon will interfere with visibility. It’s best to watch it after midnight and very early Friday morning.
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