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Star Brightly: 3 Celestial Events to Observe This May

May's flowers aren't the only seasonal ornamentation. Here are three celestial events to watch for this month.

may 2023 celestial events
Written by
Calin Van Paris
May is a study in seasonal adornment. Along with the
for which the month is famed, mid-spring brings a wealth of celestial light in the form of effulgent moons and breathtaking star shows.
The season's growth is brightened by May 2023's parade of meteor showers (a celestial answer to April's ample rain), urging us to stop and take in the night sky and its eye-catching decor.
Stargazing is the ultimate in sustainable activities. Not only is the practice readily available, it promotes appreciation for space, our planet, and our place within both. So honor
's natural embellishments by pausing to enjoy them—staying mindful of the natural beauty all around us is a crucial step in preserving it.

3 May Celestial Events to Watch in 2023

may 2023 celestial events

May 5: Full Flower Moon

May's full moon pays homage to the month's accompanying blooms. Along with its full-bodied glow, this moon provides the perfect opportunity to release any habits or feelings that aren't serving you this spring.

May 6: Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower

The Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower peaks on May 6, bringing the potential of
50 meteors per hour
. They're quick, too, with some traveling at up to 148,000 mph.

The light of the just-full moon may lessen visibility, but given the shower's copious meteors, your chances of catching a few remain high.

May 8-9: Eta Lyrid Meteor Shower

Another day, another watch-worthy meteor shower. As denoted by its name, the Lyrid shower's radiant point can be found within the constellation of Lyra, so keep an eye out for the harp-inspired set of stars.