Passover Moonrise

The moon of Friday night was the first full moon of spring. Native Americans called this moon the “full pink moon” because it heralds the blooming of wild ground phlox, one of the first flowers of spring. Also known as the “paschal” (passover) full moon. Traditionally Easter is observed on the Sunday after the paschal full moon. Thus, Easter can occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

I was waiting for it on the levee northeast of town after getting the time and azimuth for moonrise from the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Those sailors really know their stuff. The moon rose exactly where they said it would. Wonder if they could show me how to work those new parking meters downtown.

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