It may not be made of chocolate, but it makes for a wonderfully natural Easter egg. Under the Nicaean rule, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the fourteenth day of a particular new moon — the one that begins on or after the vernal equinox. Put another way, Easter falls on the Sunday that follows the first full moon occurring on or the day after the March equinox.
If the full moon occurs on a Sunday, however, then Easter is observed the following Sunday. This year, the fourteenth day of this particular new moon was on April 11 Eastern Daylight Time , which was a Tuesday.
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So the following Sunday, April 16, is designated as Easter. When the Council of Nicaea met, Easter was already the most important festival of the church calendar, and it was the custom of thousands of Christians to make long pilgrimages to Jerusalem and other shrines to celebrate the Resurrection. The rule of the Council of Nicaea was established to make it certain that the pilgrims would always have the light of a full moon to guide them on their way at night. Unfortunately, sometimes there is confusion about how to properly set the date for when Easter should fall in our current Gregorian calendar.
For astronomers, the moment of a "full" moon comes when our natural satellite is directly opposite from the sun in our sky. But there is also an "ecclesiastical" full moon. The latter, which originated with the Christian Church, was determined from ecclesiastical tables epacts and "Golden Numbers".
And the church's date does not necessarily coincide with the date of the "astronomical" full moon, which is solely based on astronomical calculations. I grew up telling my brother and cousins stories on our farm whenever we got bored. I would start up the story, and everybody would act it out.
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We got in lots of fights over who was boss of the story, and I lost a lot of time. I once got so mad that I told my brother we were playing hide and seek instead and locked him in the shed where he was hiding. I think he forgave me…eventually.
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It takes the moon about Both New and Full Moon are very specific instances of time when the Moon is at a specific location in its orbit around the Earth. Astronomers use a standard called Universal Coordinated Time, which is the time at Greenwich England. Everyone else on earth is in a time zone that is some offset from this coordinated time. On the East Coast of the United States for example, the time zone is 5 hours earlier or 4 hours during Daylight Savings Time than it is in Greenwich while people living in California are another 3 hours displaced for their local time.
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Have you ever seen a television show advertised to come on at 8pm Eastern, but 7pm Central? Time zones at work, the broadcast is at the same time for everyone, but their local time zones, or offsets from Greenwich are different. This is why New Moon might be at 1am for someone on the East coast, but at 10pm the previous day for someone on the West coast.
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