The cosmos have had some nice surprises for us so far this year. Whether it's a shower of shooting stars or a "pink full moon" in April, there have been some great shows in the sky lately. This month, Mother Nature is set to wow us again with yet another supermoon — and it will be the last one of the year.
On Thursday, May 7, a huge and bright full moon will be waiting for you in the evening sky.
Its name, the "Flower Moon," derives from Algonquin tradition, according to NASA.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon reaches its apex at the same time that it's at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, according to the Farmer's Almanac.
Though this month the supermoon will appear less brilliant than its April appearance, its status as the last of the year makes it a must-see.
It will also conclude a series of four such moons that began in February, NASA writes.
The next supermoon won't appear until April 2021, according to timeanddate.com.
NASA indicates that the full moon will peak on Thursday, May 7 at 6:45 a.m., though it will appear full to the naked eye between Tuesday and Friday.
The Weather Network's forecast for Montreal shows a "mix of sun and clouds" on Wednesday, followed by "mostly sunny" skies Thursday.
Hopefully this means we'll be able to see the moon in all its splendour.
The supermoon won't be the only visible cosmic event this month, either.
The Eta Aquarids meteor shower is set to peak in early May, featuring "about 10-20 meteors per hour," according to NASA.
They are best observed "during the pre-dawn hours" in areas away from city lights.
The American agency has specific instructions for those who wish to catch a glimpse: "lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse."
Stay tuned for more news.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.