Super Moon and Meteor Shower on Cinco de Mayo

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The appearance of the Super Moon and meteor shower on the night of Cinco de Mayo 2012 will truly make Saturday night’s Cinco de Mayo a fiesta moon.

The 2012 Super Moon will be around 17,000 miles (27,359 km) closer than usual to Earth and will rise over the eastern horizon just before 8 p.m. E.D.T. on the night of Cinco de Mayo.  This Super Moon will appear brighter than any other full moon this year.  
The bright night sky will make it easy for outdoor Cinco de Mayo revelers to enjoy margaritas, enchiladas, tacos, and nachos well into the wee hours of the morning because the peak of the Super Moon does not occur until 11:35 p.m. E.D.T.
While definitely out-shined by the Super Moon, a meteor shower will also take place. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak and be viewable all over the world on the night of Saturday, May 5, 2012.  Eta Aquarids are pieces of debris from Halley’s Comet Thatcher and will appear to come from a point in the constellation Aquarius.
This unique combination of a celestial May 5 fiesta in the sky and terrestrial Cinco de Mayo party on Earth will truly make Cinco de Mayo in 2012 a celebration not to miss.  
The best party idea for this year’s Cinco de Mayo is certainly a ‘party under the stars’ theme.

Image Credit: NASA