The rains of April bring with them... heavenly events in May. At the very least, this is the situation during the current month, when there are many events that make it worthwhile to load up the vehicle with some lounge chairs, a telescope or binoculars, and a few snacks, and set out in quest of dark skies.

The best method to see any astronomical event is to go as far away from city lights as you can, preferably to a Dark Sky Place if you octordle are able to find one. This is the most important step in the process. Once you've arrived, wait at least twenty to thirty minutes for your eyes to get used to the darkness before you glance up.

Even if you live in a city with a lot of light pollution, you will still be able to see some of the night sky marvels that are happening this month, especially the lunar eclipse. So don't panic if you can't get out of town for them.

May 15–16: Supermoon and Total Lunar Eclipse

The month of May in 2022 will have the first Supermoon of the year, which is also known as the "Flower Moon" owing to the blossoming of flowers during that month. According to a science and technology publication called Inverse, when a Supermoon happens, the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth. As a result, the moon will look somewhat bigger and brighter than it does during regular full moons.

In order to make this event even more stunning, the Flower Moon will also experience a complete lunar eclipse, which will cause it to become a crimson color. This occurs when the moon passes through the shadow cast by the Earth. According to NASA, the complete lunar eclipse will be visible throughout the majority of the Americas beginning at around 9:32 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 15 and finishing approximately 1:55 a.m. EDT on May 16.