The Moon Sends a Happy Easter and Passover, Limited Lyrids, and Peering at Polar Objects!

Happy Easter and Pesach (Passover)!

Easter Sunday and Paesach (Passover) have an astronomical connection to the moon, with the Jewish Passover pre-dating the Christian Easter. Some believe that the full moon allowed for safer travelling by religious pilgrims of the time.

In 325 AD the Council of Nicaea determined that Easter should be observed on the Sunday following the first full moon that occurs after the vernal equinox, officially known as the Paschal…