Worm Moon

Went down to Ballast Point Park tonight to catch the full moon rise as it looked like it lined up pretty well with the pier. It was a little touch and go with some clouds, but ended up coming out pretty good. While I was waiting there were several dolphins and pelicans fishing off the pier. This was the worm moon. It also determined when Easter was this year.
Explanation per Ric Kearby “Let me explain. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full Moon that occurs on or just after the spring equinox.

Spring began on March 20. The first full moon on or after this date is this Sunday, March 28. The first Sunday following this full moon is next Sunday, April 4. So Easter falls this year on April 4, 2021. Interesting, right?

There is caveat. The Farmer’s Almanac says that long ago, the Christian Church decided to simplify the process of calculating Easter’s date by always observing the spring equinox on March 21, despite the fact that the equinox date changes some over time.

The Farmer’s Almanac says this discrepancy between the astronomical equinox date and the Church’s observed equinox date caused confusion in 2019, when the full Moon and the astronomical equinox occurred on the same day—Wednesday, March 20.

According to the formula I mentioned earlier, Easter would have been observed on Sunday, March 24. However, because the Church observes the equinox on March 21, the full Moon technically did not occur “on or just after” the equinox, meaning that the next full Moon would determine Easter’s date instead. Thus, in 2019, Easter was held on Sunday, April 21, after the full Moon on Friday, April 19.

By the way, the March full moon is also known as the Worm Moon. Why? Legend says because earthworms appear in the warming soil of spring. Robins and other birds become more active bringing another sigh of spring!”

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