When to see Eta Aquarids meteor shower 2022 and May lunar eclipse
The annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower — which occurs when the Earth passes through tiny pieces of space debris from the famous Halley’s Comet — is expected to be at its best during the early morning hours on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6. Astronomy experts say 20 to as many as 40 or 50 shooting stars per hour may be visible in dark locations, away from city lights and street lights. But sporadic meteors from the Eta Aquarids shower (which is sometimes spelled Eta Aquariids) will still be visible during the pre-dawn hours on future mornings, up until May 27, according to experts at EarthSky. A few big sky events will be worth watching in May and June of 2022, including the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, a lunar eclipse and a supermoon.
The second sky show of the month is the one that’s getting far more attention — a total lunar eclipse taking place during the late-night hours on Sunday, May 15, into the early morning on Monday, May 16. During a lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon become closely aligned, and the Earth’s shadow darkens the moon. The May full moon also carries the nickname of “flower moon,” because of the flowers that bloom during this time of year. The upcoming lunar eclipse will be followed by two consecutive “supermoons” — one on June 14 and another on July 13.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon drifts across the Earth's dark shadow during a period when the sun, the earth and the moon are closely aligned. Another lunar eclipse in 2022 will occur during the early morning hours on Tuesday, Nov. Thank you for relying on us to provide the local news you can trust.
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