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From the total lunar eclipse to the Jupiter-Mars conjunction, look at these celestial events in May

The May celestial calendar looks exciting to skygazers. This month begins and ends with some chance to spot the planets and NASA shares a full list of those events as part of its monthly “What’s Up” series. The next total lunar eclipse to appear in the Western Hemisphere on March 15-16: The agency calls on all moon watchers to mark their calendars for the highlight of the month. Lunar eclipses are unbelievable celestial events when the earth comes between the sun and the moon. No binoculars are required to see this and it is safer to watch than eclipses that require special equipment.

NASA asked astronomers to divert their attention to the western sky about 45 minutes after sunset on May 2. There, they were able to find Mercury with a thin crescent next to it at a distance of 10 degrees to the horizon. But that is not all. Turn slightly south of the moon and there is the Red Giant star Aldebaran, which has a luminosity similar to that of Mercury. The agency said this was the only chance to spot the “Nake-Eyed Planet” until the evening of August.

During the last week of May, Jupiter and Mars will be very close in the pre-skies. The meeting ended in close contact from May 28 to May 30. These two planets are separated only by the width of the full moon. Skyguards can use binoculars, where you can even see Jupiter’s largest moons.

However, this month’s treat will be dedicated to those who see the sky in the western hemisphere. Those in the Americas, Europe and Africa can see a spectacular lunar eclipse in mid-May. Unlike solar eclipses, NASA says it is safer to view lunar eclipses directly with the eyes, binoculars or telescope. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon takes on a pale, reddish hue during the full moon.

Finally, there is the coma star cluster, which looks great when viewed through a pair of binoculars. This cluster, about 300 light-years away, displays 40-50 stars, the brightest of which forming a distinctive Y-shape. It can be seen south of the Leo constellation.

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