Cinco de Mayo and Super Flower Moon

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).

Battle of Puebla Image

The Battle of Puebla, May 5th, 1862 (source: Wikipedia Commons)

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.

Full Moon and Clouds

The full moon and Jupiter, posing for a photo taken by the author a few years ago.

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.]

Supermoon 2012 Photo

Supermoon 2012, rising over Santa Barbara Harbor, with a big approval from #GeckoVegas ( via @AlexandraFunFit )

Supermoon 2012 Photo

Supermoon 2012 in the clear skies of Florida ( via @GinnyPowell )

Supermoon 2012 Photo

Supermoon in cloudy skies over Tennessee ( via @ModernSauce )

Supermoon 2012 Photo

Supermoon 2012 in the skies of central Illinois ( via @bwmson )

Supermoon 2012 Photo

Supermoon 2012 in the skies of Urbana, Illinois ( via @relunrelated )

About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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2 Responses to Cinco de Mayo and Super Flower Moon

  1. John Poole says:

    Oh, har dee har har! I knew some one was going to make a joke about the superfull moon in that context….should’ve realized it’d be you! :-D

  2. John Poole says:

    That was actually my own fault. I’d grabbed a temporary URL that later expired, and replaced it with a permanent one. But then, I noticed the Gecko Vegas photo, and thought it was pretty funny, so I’m now using that one, instead.

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