May 2013 Skywatching guide

May 2013 Skywatching guide

May 2013 brings few interesting sky events. This years Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on May 6 with expected zenith hourly rate of 55 meteors per hour. We are about to experience annular solar eclipse on May 9/10. Annularity will be visible from northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean, with the maximum of 6 minutes 3 seconds visible from the Pacific Ocean east of French Polynesia.

On May 24th, penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible to observers in North and South America, Western Europe and Western Africa. It will be visually imperceptible due to the small entry into the penumbral shadow.Jupiter, Mercury and Venus get together. Virgo Cluster and Sombrero galaxy could be seen by using binoculars. And there’s many more. Watch this videos below for more info.

Credit: Space.com, JPL

Featured image: Annular solar eclipse (Youtube screenshot)

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