August 23, 2019

AstroEvent of the Week: 04.06.09: An Easter Full Moon.

This months’ Full Moon on Thursday is a special one. Known variously as the “Pink” or “Egg” Moon, April’s Full Moon also shares the distinction this year of being an Easter or Paschal Moon, as well. Current tradition sets Easter in the Christian calendar as the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal (or Spring Equinox). All this means is that the date of Easter is highly variable, falling as early as March 22nd, a day after the date set by the church as ecclesiastical equinox, March 21st. In fact, the equinox can vary by a day or two!

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Astro-Event of the Week: September 16th-22nd: The Harvest Moon.

This months’ Full Moon is the most well known: the Harvest Moon.

Contrary to popular myth, this moon is not the largest or brightest moon visible during the year; it is merely the closest full moon to the Autumnal Equinox. In days of yore, the Harvest Moon gave farmers a few extra hours of illumination in a season of dwindling twilight to bring in their crops. [Read more...]