May’s Celestial Events Might Be the ‘Night Out’ We’ve All Been Waiting For
Warmer nights approach making an evening gaze at the sky much more attractive. There are several celestial events occurring this month. However, I narrowed down to include those most observable by the naked eye—with the exception of Jupiter in retrograde. The month of May offers an array of meteor showers, full moons, and planetary dances. Have you been looking up lately? There’s always a glimmer reflecting back to you no matter how dark things may seem.
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May 5: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks
Gaze up during the early hours of May 5 to see up to 10-20 meteorites light up the night sky. The Eta Aquarids are a one-of-a-kind show due to their existence being linked to the famous IP Halley. More popularly known as Halley’s Comet, these meteorites are debris from its pathway. While Halley’s Comet is only visible to the naked eye every 75-76 years, the Eta Aquarids surely make up for it. Look up around 2 AM and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. With an average speed of 148,000 mph, you’ll want to be properly prepared to catch as many as you can.
May 7: ‘Full Pink Super Moon’ in Scorpio
May marks the final super moon in the consecutive roll over the past few months. 2020 is a powerful year, indeed. As situations amplify on the earthly plane, we are sure to see the reflection up above. Energetically, the Scorpio moon invites the collective to peer within and introspect to fully transform from the inside out. After all, if we truly wish to see change for the better, why not start with the self?
In most cases, the full moon will not be pink. Full moon names commonly originate from Native American Tribes and there is usually more than one name. However, according to Space, the “Pink Moon” description has grown in popularity due to the pink wildflower, Phlox subalata, which typically blooms in North America around this time. Another popular term for this moon is “Milk Moon.”
May 14: Jupiter Goes Retrograde
Jupiter goes retrograde every year for approximately four months. Ruler of all things over-expansive, this planet connects to philosophical and foreign affairs. While we are all familiar with the extreme effects of Mercury retrograde, due to its distance, Jupiter retrogrades typically feel less intense. However, the energy brings aspects of our higher thinking to the forefront. This makes for an interesting blend between the full moon in Scorpio and the new moon in Gemini. How can we approach inner transformation and communication for the betterment of all?
May 22: New Moon in Gemini
In the air sign of the Gemini twins, May’s new moon is all about communication for manifestation. This is a great opportunity to get clear on how you express yourself when it comes to the things you desire as new moons are potent for planting seeds.
I’ll also note if you missed the Eta Aquarid’s peak, the absence of the moon makes for a blank canvas to observe dazzling dust particles in the sky. You may not see as many, but the meteor shower is said to go from April 19 to May 28.
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