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Experience The 'Super Flower Moon' And Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower This Week

Amy Pilkington 3 May 2020

It's 2020 and we're all desperate for things to do outside our homes without breaking social distancing guidelines.

Thankfully, the sky is here to help out and provide two separate cool astronomical events for us to check out: the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower and a beautiful full supermoon.

May's supermoon is the fourth and final one of 2020.


Supermoons occur when the moon is at its closest point to Earth while also being full in the lunar cycle. This makes it larger and brighter than your average full moon.

The May full moon is called the Flower Moon, which just makes it extra special. May flowers, get it?

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While May's supermoon will be slightly less impressive than previous ones this year, it'll still be gorgeous.

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It will be full the night of Wednesday, May 6, so be sure to step outside to bask in its glow. Weather permitting, of course.

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The night before that full moon, you can see the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.


While the shower itself started April 4 this year and lasts until late May, it's Tuesday, May 5 when you'll be able to see the most shooting stars most easily.

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Some will be visible from anywhere in the world, but people on the equator and south of that will get the biggest show.

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There, as many as 60 meteorites per hour could be visible in the early morning hours.

For your best bet, pack up the car with a late night picnic and drive out to a deserted rural spot with a clear view of the sky.


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