Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous • Illumination: 75% • Moon Age: 19.73days • Moon Distance: 370,025.94 km
Month of Flowers is here!
This year, our Easter [Orthodox] is on May 1st, coinciding with Labour Day [May Day] [as it was back in 2016]
• This month’s colors: White-Yellow, Red & Green
• May Birthstones: Emerald [Sapphire, Agate, Chrysoprase, Beryl]
• Flowers associated with May: Lily of the Valley & Hawthorne [‘Crataegus’ a herb known for its benefits to the heart]
• Words of the month: Complete Life, Success in Love, Humility, Return of Happiness and Sweetness
• Astrological signs: Taurus & Gemini
May 6, 7 • Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
May 11 • New Moon at 19:01 UTC.
May 17 • Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 22 degrees from the Sun. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
May 26 • Full Moon, Supermoon [second of three supermoons in 2021], at 11:14 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. Also known as the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. The Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
May 26 • Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout the Pacific Ocean and parts of eastern Asia, Japan, Australia, and western North America. [Us Europeans aren’t as fortunate!]
[info from seasky]