Celestial Events in May 2021

Look to the stars this May 2021 for spectacular celestial events such as the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower and the lunar eclipse of the Super Flower Moon.

The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
Wednesday-Thursday, May 5-6, 2021

Debris from Halley’s Comet will enter Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a light show you won’t want to miss. View this spectacular phenomenon at its peak before dawn on May 6. Look towards the east and the constellation Aquarius in a dimly lit or completely dark area. An interactive meteor shower sky map to assist in locating the shower is available at TimeAndDate.com.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The awesome sight of a supermoon will grace the skies in 2021 twice during the year. Supermoons occur when the Moon is full and is at or near its peak proximity to Earth. This results in a moon that looks 17% larger and 30% brighter than the faintest Moon of the year. The second of this year’s occurrences will be seen on May 26 and is known as the “Super Flower Moon.” Visit TimeAndDate.com for more information.

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Supermoon rising above Dublin, California in April 2021. Photo by flickr.com user elpinto007.

Lunar Eclipse of the Supermoon
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

If appearing brighter and larger in the night sky wasn’t thrilling enough, the Moon has something else up its sleeve in May 2021. Weather permitting, Bay Area residents will be able to view the maximum eclipse of the “Flower Moon” at 4:18am on the morning of May 26. The full eclipse only lasts 14 minutes from start to finish, so set your alarm to witness this rare occasion. Find more information about this event at TimeAndDate.com.

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A starry night sky at Pigeon Point Lighthouse on May 25, 2021. Photo by flickr.com user elpinto007.