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filed under: Outer Space | Science

Supermoon Saturday

10AM ON 05/05/2012
BY Annie Messier

moon-4912As Beth mentioned, tonight’s “supermoon” will become full at 11:35 p.m. over Providence. (Live elsewhere? Check your corner of the world here). The extra big, extra bright moon will rise at 7:38 p.m. and set at 5:42 tomorrow morning. Go here to watch a NASA video on the supermoon, and if the narrator’s condescending-like voice gets to you, you can read up on the science behind supermoons here.

I’m a sucker for moons in any phase, and I’m really hoping we won’t need that 6/23/13 rain date. is anticipating mostly cloudy skies at time of peak fullness, but Weather Underground is saying partly cloudy and I think my optimism and I are going to bet on that horse. According to both sources, skies will be partly cloudy when the moon sets. That’s what this photo is: on April 9th, I captured a waning full moon setting around 5:30 a.m. from the street in front of my house. I’m hoping to get an even better photo this time. If you’re out late or up early, look up and enjoy.

filed under: Downtown | holidays

Moons, Mayors, Mayo

9AM ON 05/05/2012
BY Beth Comery

NASA P-41491 For the second year in a row designated Latino success story Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has snagged an invite to the official White House Cinco de Mayo celebration. But according to Ian Donnis at WRNI,

There’s a bit of irony to the Cinco de Mayo element, since Taveras doesn’t drink and the Mexican holiday is mostly celebrated in the US as an excuse to consume Mexican beer and cocktails. He’s due to return to Providence on Friday.

For some reason, the White House Cinco de Mayo party was held earlier this week on May 3rd. In other words, the Obamas spent May 3rd with a Dominican teetotaler. (Hey, put him down for St. Patrick’s Day while you’re at it, that’ll be March 12th.) At any rate, the Mayor is back home now not drinking with us.

Also in today’s news, the 2012 supermoon occurs tonight at 11:34pm, weather permitting (rain date: June 23, 2013).

Don’t forget the Cinco de Mayo block party downtown Westminster at Union Street from 4pm to 8pm. See below. It looks like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Yard Sale (in the same location) runs from 2pm to 8pm.

(Image courtesy of NASA)



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