As big as it gets: Celebrate a super(moon) Cinco de Mayo at the George Observatory


May 4, 2012
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The supermoon is this Saturday, May 5th, 2012.Something out-of-this-world — think celestial — is happening this Saturday evening. It’s the biggest, brightest moon of the year: the supermoon!

The last supermoon was over a year ago, but that was nothing compared to the sky show we’re about to watch this weekend. The moon on Cinco de Mayo will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter, with the maximum brightness at 10:35 pm CDT — just at the end of regular observation hours at our George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park.

But you’ll get more than the moon when you look toward the stars this weekend! There will also be three planets in view (Venus, Mars, and Saturn), plus the peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. These meteors are from the tail of Halley’s Comet and even with all the moon light, we might see a few fireballs.

That’s why you should come join us at the George Observatory to get your front row seat to this Moon de Mayo event. In addition to the celestial show, we’ll be screening 2012: Mayan Prophecies — a fabulous Cinco de Mayo astronomy story — in our Discovery Dome.

George Observatory events begin at 3:00 p.m. with a daytime viewings and showings in the Discovery Dome of 2012: Mayan Prophecies. Telescope viewing will begin at dusk and last until 11:00 pm.

This Cinco de Mayo, you owe it yourself to look up. Spend some quality time with the supermoon at George Observatory, and don’t miss this awesome astronomical event.

Carolyn S
Authored By Carolyn S Sumners

Carolyn is VP of astronomy for the Museum; she develops Planetarium shows for the Museum that tour all over the world, developed the very first Challenger Learning Center and runs the Museum’s George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. In her spare time, she does research in the field of archaeoastronomy, which attempts to replicate the night sky at critical moments in history.

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