This month you will get to see the Eta-Aquarid Meteor Shower with its peak on the 6th.
You probably know that an asteroid slammed into Earth 65 million years ago, ending the reign of the dinosaurs. But did you know there are asteroids named after dinosaurs? Two of them make their closest approaches to Earth in May: Asteroid 9951 Tyrannosaurus on May 19th and Asteroid 9954 Brachiosaurus on May 28. These are very faint and need the aid of large telescopes to spot. They're residents of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and never come too close to Earth. The full moon on May 18 will be a "Blue Moon." A Blue Moon doesn't actually look blue. If there are two Full Moons in a month, the second one is termed as a 'Blue Moon.' Such a phenomenon is rare and so has the commonly used proverb- 'Once in a blue moon' associated with it. May 18 also marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Apollo 10 mission to the Moon, in 1969. It was like a dress rehearsal for the first Moon landing, setting the stage for Apollo 11 and that "one small step" just two months later.
By Sattik Bhaumik,