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This Full Moon
« on: April 17, 2011, 06:12:25 AM »
Riddle me this Batman:

What is the significance of this full moon; the first full moon after the spring equinox?

(aside from the fact that I'll be doing another spirit run overnight in the moonlight)
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 07:03:00 AM »
Planters moon? The opposite of harvest moon. I know they all have names. But I
don't know them all.
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2011, 07:37:52 AM »
Easter?
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2011, 02:31:35 PM »
The Merrie Monarch Festival begins on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox. (next Sunday)

Euge is correct, this is also when Easter occurs.  This year is significant because it is almost as late as Easter can ever be in the year.  The last full moon (remember the perigee full moon?) occured just 28 hours prior to equinox, and the first full moon after the equinox occured on a Sunday.  So, it is possible for Easter to only be one day later in the year than it is this year (this is why Mardi Gras was so late this year too).

Be that as it may, the full moon tonight, here in the last time zone, is amazingly beautiful - beauty full.   ;)
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2011, 05:38:23 PM »
The Merrie Monarch Festival begins on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox. (next Sunday)

Euge is correct, this is also when Easter occurs.  This year is significant because it is almost as late as Easter can ever be in the year.  The last full moon (remember the perigee full moon?) occured just 28 hours prior to equinox, and the first full moon after the equinox occured on a Sunday.  So, it is possible for Easter to only be one day later in the year than it is this year (this is why Mardi Gras was so late this year too).

Be that as it may, the full moon tonight, here in the last time zone, is amazingly beautiful - beauty full.   ;)

It screwed up our Lent a bit Easter being so late. Our week long fiesta to celebrate Texas independence had to be thrown a week early instead of after Easter. Not so many people sticking to their observances this year I suspect. Not with all those turkey legs to eat and beer to drink and parades to watch.
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 07:37:01 PM »
The other state that was once a country...
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2011, 07:53:01 PM »
The other state that was once a country...

California?
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2011, 08:01:13 PM »
Texas and Hawaii are the two states that were independant countries before becoming part of the USA.

California likes to think of itself as an independant country, but it is part of Mexico.   ;D
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2011, 08:04:25 PM »
Texas and Hawaii are the two states that were independant countries before becoming part of the USA.

California likes to think of itself as an independant country, but it is part of Mexico.   ;D

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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2011, 09:09:07 PM »
California likes to think of itself as an independant country, but it is part of Mexico.   ;D

Except for those 26 days in 1846...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Republic
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2011, 09:34:50 PM »
California likes to think of itself as an independant country, but it is part of Mexico.   ;D

Except for those 26 days in 1846...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Republic

"... Declared during the Mexican–American War, the "republic" was a popular revolt; the participants never formed a government, and the republic was never recognized by any nation. The revolt lasted 26 days, at the end of which the U.S. Army took control of the area...."
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2011, 03:28:55 PM »
Texas and Hawaii are the two states that were independant countries before becoming part of the USA.

California likes to think of itself as an independant country, but it is part of Mexico.   ;D

Don't forget Vermont. It was a republic before anyone else. 1st republic 14th state.
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2011, 04:24:12 PM »
That was more of a spat with New York than being a sovereign nation.  The intent was always to be the "Fourteenth Star."
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2011, 04:39:49 PM »
That was more of a spat with New York than being a sovereign nation.  The intent was always to be the "Fourteenth Star."

NY and NH were fighting over who would own VT. VT decided to own itself. Until 1999 we had an option to cecede so it wasn't purely a go for the 14th star.
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Re: This Full Moon
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2011, 04:53:26 PM »
It ended in 1999?  What's all this talk of a Second Vermont Republic?
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