The Relationship Between Easter and the Full Moon

Whether you receive an Easter basket in late March or April depends not on Peter Cottontail, but rather the lunar cycle.  The date of Easter, according to the Christian Bible, must fall on the Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal- or spring- equinox. Some years, Easter seems …

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Rare Christmas Gift: A Full Moon

  On December 25th, those who celebrate Christmas will receive the gift of a full moon.  The moon will officially peak at 6:11am. A full moon on Christmas is particularly rare, only occurring approximately once every 19 years.  However, a full moon on Christmas hasn’t happened in almost four decades, …

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Upcoming Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

On September 27th, 2015, much of the Americas, Europe, Africa, areas of the eastern Pacific, and parts of West Asia will witness a rare event, a total lunar eclipse during a supermoon.  Lasting 1 hour and 11 minutes, the eclipse begins at 8:11p.m. EDT and peaks at 10:47 p.m. EDT. …

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Neon Discovered in Moon’s Exosphere

For decades astronomers only theoretically believed the element neon existed on the Moon. After much research, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) changed theory into fact. Neon is present in the Moon’s thin atmosphere. Neon is a colorless and odorless gas under standard temperature and pressure. When captured …

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