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When is the last time a Super Moon fell on May 5th?

Asked by Blondesjon (33994points) May 4th, 2012

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and a Super Moon.

Can anyone tell me, exactly, the last time this happened?

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

According to Richard Nolle, who claims to have defined the phrase ‘Super Moon’, it appears that Earth experiencing a Super Moon on Cinco de Mayo is a first or hasn’t happened for ages. In perusing through his tables that list new moons and full moons, both past and predicted, none appear to fall on May 5th, much less a Super Moon.

It looks like I may be camping out in the back yard tomorrow night. Thanks for the heads up.

gailcalled's avatar

It will be pretty but not dramatically different objectively from other full moons.

“Saturday, May 5

Full Moon (exact at 11:35 p.m. EDT), in Libra. This is the closest and largest full Moon of 2012, though not remarkably so. The Moon is 8% closer and larger than average, and only 0.16 magnitude brighter than average, so you’d need measuring tools to really tell. Take a look. What do you think?

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woodcutter's avatar

Thanks for the reminder. I do plan on having a look now that you mention it. Good stuff.

Judi's avatar

I’m camping right now and tonight is pretty beautiful too.

woodcutter's avatar

Meh ,I made it a point to look up last night to compare. It was pretty but no more than usual. I do remember in 1991 or 2 in NH there was a huge moon that was almost orange. It could have been my location back then but last night in Ok it did seem rather ordinary. More like it was OK, get it?

El_Cadejo's avatar

Down here in Belize the moon was considerably larger compared to other full moons. It was quite amazing actually.

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