'Kissing' Planets, a Super Flower Moon, and Meteor Showers Are Coming
Gary Hershorn/Getty Images The Super Flower Moon sets before sunrise on May 26, 2021. The key to observing any astronomical event is to head away from city lights as far as possible — ideally to a Dark Sky Place, if you can. And if you can't get out of town for these night-sky wonders this month, don't worry — some of them will still be visible even through light pollution (particularly that lunar eclipse!) The Flower Moon, as it's known colloquially due to the blooming of flowers in May, will be the first Supermoon of 2022.
To make this event even more spectacular, the Flower Moon will also undergo a total lunar eclipse, turning it blood red — this happens as the moon enters the Earth's shadow. Later in the month, Mars and Jupiter will appear to "kiss" in the night sky in what's called a conjunction — when two celestial bodies seem to be close together from the perspective of Earth, but in reality are very far apart, according to astronomy news site In The Sky. Interestingly, the phenomenon will only be visible with the naked eye or binoculars. It's not every day that a new meteor shower comes around, but that's exactly what might happen on May 30.
"This is going to be an all or nothing event. If we do see shooting stars, the meteor shower will be named the Tau Herculids.
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