A Meteor Shower and Super Flower Moon Will Light Up the Night Sky This Week

Isabel Garcia
Photo credit: Nam Do / 500px - Getty Images
Photo credit: Nam Do / 500px - Getty Images

From Prevention

If it feels like you’ve seen practically everything on your streaming services, you can watch a new celestial show courtesy of mother nature: A meteor shower and a supermoon will be lighting up the night sky this week.

The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers that occurs when cosmic debris from Halley’s Comet enters Earth’s atmosphere as our planet journeys around the sun. According to The New York Times, the Eta Aquarids is active from April 19 to May 28, and it’ll reach its peak from Monday night through Tuesday morning (May 4-5). You won’t need any equipment to see the meteor shower (weather permitting). To get the best view, be patient as you let your eyes adjust and look at the darker parts of the sky away from the moon.

Another beautiful celestial sight, May’s full Flower Moon will rise just two days after the meteor shower. But since it’s a supermoon, its brightness might make the meteor shower hard to see. The full Flower Moon will reach its peak brightness on Thursday, May 7 at 6:45 A.M. EDT, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Since it’ll be below the horizon during this time, the best time to see it is either the night before or Thursday evening.

Native Americans had a tradition of naming moons based on tracking seasons as well as folklore. This month’s full moon is called the Flower Moon because of the plethora of flowers that bloom in May. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it was also called the Mother’s Moon since it was a time of increasing fertility.

The Super Flower Moon will be the last supermoon of the year, so you won’t want to miss it!

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