This week will be a very interesting and enjoyable one for passionate stargazers, as the stunning Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower and Super Flower Moon will grace the sky!
With many countries across the globe undergoing nationwide lockdown due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, people have started to appreciate the little things in life, and never to take life for granted. To keep themselves sane and occupied, people are picking up various hobbies from acting out movie scenes to crocheting to gardening. Stargazing is a hobby that can be easily practiced by everybody, and it’s one of the finest hobbies to take up right now.
Last month, the magnificent Lyrid Meteor Shower filled up the sky for a few days, and during this time, loads of shooting stars lightened up the sky.
This week promises another delight for stargazers. The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower that started on April 19th, will hit its peak on May 5th, this Tuesday. It will continue until the 31st of May.
The key difference between a meteor and a shooting star is: Shooting stars are the ignited icy surfaces of comets that get too close to the sun, while meteor showers normally originate from a single point in the night sky.
The Super Flower Moon will be the last supermoon visible this year, and it will hit the sky on May 7th, Thursday. Super Flower moons make the meteor showers slightly difficult to see.
In addition to these awesome events, mark up your calendar for more stargazing opportunities in June too!
Mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system will reach its greatest eastern elongation on the 4th of June. For a little time after sunset, it will be visible to the western horizon. Not only that, but a rare phenomenon called Strawberry Moon Eclipse will also be visible to Asia, Africa, and Australia on the 5th of June. Also, a solar eclipse called the Solstice Ring of Fire will be observable from the Middle East, Africa, India, and China, on the 21st of June.
Reading, creative writing, poetry writing, and language learning have been my passions since I was young. I have won many Japanese and Chinese language competitions, and many national-level creative writing, art & oratory competitions too. I am still schooling, and passed my O/Levels with distinction passes for English Literature, Japanese, and English. I have also completed my Certificate of Human Resource Management.