Eta Aquarid Meteors – May 4 to May 5
Also, it can take as long as 20 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark. You don’t need special equipment to watch a meteor shower, but a little luck always helps. Find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights and sprawl out. Meteor watching is a lot like fishing. Sometimes you catch a good number of them and sometimes you don’t.
This date will also require a few other items for comfort:
A reclining beach chair or beach towel
A star wheel (make your own) because if you are there you might as well try to find some constellations
Flashlights to find your way around (red if you have one, to help your eyes adjust faster)
You’ll need some Savannah Coffee Roasters Moon River to give you that jolt of energy plus some 8-bit triple chocolate asteroid donuts. Don’t worry you can get them the day before and microwave them for a few seconds to revive.
Super Flower Moon – May 7
May’s Full Moon rises on Thursday, May 7! This will be the last of the three Super-Moons to occur this year, so don’t miss it! The Full Moon of May is known as Flower Moon to signify the flowers that bloom during this month. On average, Super-Moons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical Full Moon.
This date will require a few items for comfort:
The Moon is setting the atmosphere for this date but you can also really get into stargazing with the app Stellarium. Decide what you want to search for in the sky (such as star clusters, constellations, planets) and use Stellarium to find them virtually: this will tell you which direction they lie in, and how high up in the sky to look. Sky Map (Android) and Star Walk (iPhone) are free stargazing apps and provide the names of stars, constellations and planets if you point your phone at the sky. Both have a “night view” or “red light” options, which is useful once your eyes adjust to the dark.
You’ll need a reclining chair or blanket
Binoculars could definitely come in handy on this date
Next we are going to whip up a Super-Moon cocktail:
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1/4 cup cream of coconut
2 ounces pineapple juice
juice from 1/2 lime
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.