Astrophotography in May 2024: what to shoot in the night sky this coming month

Silhouette of a man looking at the Milky Way Stars shining above the Grand Canyon of Thailand (Sam Phan Bok)
The dark sky window runs from May 1-10 - the best time of the month for Milky Way photography. (Image credit: Suchart Kuathan / Getty Images)

April 2024 is a classic shoulder season for astrophotography. Last month’s astrophotography frenzy, the total solar eclipse, is history, the bright stars of winter are sinking into the western horizon at sunset, and the nights are getting noticeably shorter at northern latitudes. 

However, plenty is happening in the night sky if you know exactly when and where to look. This month’s highlights include the first moon-free meteor shower for four months as the Eta Aquariids peak alongside some beautiful lunar views. Among them will be the rise of a full ‘Flower Moon’ and – from some parts of the U.S. – the chance to see it move across and block one of the brightest stars in the night sky. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.