From lunar eclipse to Mercury planet, know the astronomical events happening in May

The month of May looks exciting for the people who are interested in the happenings in the sky. This month is going to start and end with some great discoveries. The US space agency NASA has shared the complete list of those incidents as its ‘Whatsup’ series. According to NASA, the biggest attraction of this month is going to be a total lunar eclipse. It will be visible in the Western Hemisphere on May 15-16. Lunar eclipses are an incredible astronomical event. During this, the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon. No telescope is needed to see this sight. It is considered safer to watch the lunar eclipse with open eyes than the solar eclipse.

According to NASA, on May 2, about 45 minutes after sunset, if people look west in the sky, then they can see the planet Mercury. A thin crescent moon can also be visible just 10 degrees away from it. Not only this, people can see a giant star Aldebaran, which will shine like the planet Mercury, by turning a little south of the Moon. NASA has told that people will be able to see the planet Mercury with the naked eye in the evening till August.

Also, in the last week of May, Jupiter and Mars will come closer to each other in the sky. These can be seen from 28 to 30 May. People can also use binoculars, after which they will get a chance to see the largest moons of the planet Jupiter.

However, the most important thing of this month will be the lunar eclipse. According to NASA, people of America, Europe and Africa will be able to see the spectacular lunar eclipse in mid-May. Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be seen directly with the naked eye. It can also be seen with the help of binoculars. The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse.

The Coma Star Cluster will be seen last. A telescope would be needed to see it, as it is located about 300 light-years away. Coma is a group of 40–50 stars in the star cluster. The brightest star of these forms a Y shape.