Skywatchers: May’s Full Flower Supermoon will be followed by a lunar eclipse 


The night sky in May will be filled with exciting sights. That includes an eclipse of a Full Flower Supermoon.

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Venus and Jupiter begin the month shining brightly together. There’s a total lunar eclipse mid-month and a possible new meteor shower toward the end of the month!

At dawn on May 1 Venus and Jupiter will mimic a “double planet.” Grab your telescope and look low in the eastern sky.

They should be visible a half hour before sunrise. In the following mornings, Jupiter will pull away from Venus to ascend toward the West. And by the end of the month, the big planet will be coming up at about two thirty in the morning. Venus will continue to rise at dawn until the end of August.

Full Flower Supermoon 

On May 4, the Full Flower Moon will be in full bloom in the night sky. The name ‘flower moon’ points to all of May’s flowers blooming and abundant in the Northern Hemisphere.

This month’s full Moon is also a “supermoon” because it comes the closest to the Earth in its orbit or “perigee.” The proximity to the Earth makes it appear much larger than other full moons.