Today is Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred on May 5th, 1862. Today is also the day of the supermoon, which means the brightest full moon of 2012. The moon reaches perigee (it’s closest position to earth) tonight, while also being at opposition to the sun (hence, its fullness).
This particular full moon is named the Full Flower Moon, given it’s occurring in the month of May. If you’re interested in learning the names of all the other full moons, check out this page published by the Farmer’s Almanac. Tonight’s full moon rises around 7:30PM EDT, and achieves its maximum fullness just around midnight EDT.
So, I hope all of you will be taking some time off today to safely enjoy and celebrate both occasions. And a very happy Cinco de Mayo to all!
Unfortunately, a persistent cloud cover in my area last night made viewing and photographing the supermoon impossible. However, a number of friends of mine in other locations got some great photos, and floated them out to the Twitter-sphere. So, I’ve posted some of them below, along with their source and location.
[If anyone objects to having their photo posted here, let me know, and I'll take it down. I've assumed no one would mind, since all these photos were posted to Twitter. On the other hand, if you're crestfallen because I've neglected to include your photo, let me know, and I'll add it to this article.]