Moon Phases and More for May 2023

Moon Phases and More for May 2023! Learn more about the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at Wild Hemlock WildHemlock.Com
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May 2023 enters with another eclipse, this time a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Later we will have a major meteor shower and a double conjunction. A great time to spend time outside in the warm spring nights.

On May 5th, the Moon will be cast in the Earth’s Penumbra and a Blood Moon will be visible in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

Visibility Map for The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse On May 5, 2023. Learn more about it at Wild Hemlock WildHemlock.Com
Map by NASA via Wikimedia

These types of lunar eclipses happen when the Full Moon close to a Lunar Node, but not enough for a Partial Lunar Eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse Diagram at WildHemlock.Com

The next morning, wake up early and watch the η-Aquariids Meteor Shower. The best time to view it will be before dawn on May 6th. On May 17th, the Moon will occult (or completely hide) Jupiter. At the same time, Mercury will be in Geocentric Conjunction with the Moon. Add this to your astrophotography calendar!

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Astronomical Phenomena

Eclipse Learn About Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, and More at Wild Hemlock WildHemlock.Com
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Visible in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania

May 5

Moon Phases

Full  Moon. Learn more about the Moon at Wild Hemlock, WildHemlock.ComLast Quarter Moon. Learn more about the Moon at Wild Hemlock, WildHemlock.ComNew Moon. Learn more about the Moon at Wild Hemlock, WildHemlock.ComFirst Quarter Moon. Learn more about the Moon at Wild Hemlock, WildHemlock.Com
Full Moon

May 6
Third Quarter Moon

May 12
New Moon

May 19
First Quarter Moon

May 27

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT).

Moon Facts

Moon. Learn more about lunar phenomena and moon phases at WildHemlock.Com
Moon Name:Flower Moon

Meteor Showers

Learn more about Meteor Showers at WildHemlock.Com

η-Aquariids Meteor Shower

Radiant Point Constellation:Aquarius
Peak Date:May 6th
Best Time, EST:Before Dawn
Zenith Hourly Rate:40 meteors per hour
Learn More:In-The-Sky.Org

Minor Meteor Showers

NamePeak DateRadiant
Per Hour
Best Viewing
Time, EST
η-LyridMay 9Lyra3Before Dawn

Planetary Alignments & Lunar Conjunctions

Planetary Alignments and Lunar Conjunctions - Learn more at Wild Hemlock, WildHemlock.Com
Sun ☌ Mercury (Inferior)May 1
Sun ☌ UranusMay 6
Moon ☌ SaturnMay 13
Moon ☌ MercuryMay 17
Moon Occultation of JupiterMay 17
Moon ☌ VenusMay 23
Moon ☌ MarsMay 24

May 2023

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