New Moon Calendar 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy a new moon calendar 2010?
    i would like to get a new moon calendar but I'm not really sure where to buy it at a good price too does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      Borders
      http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1933000538

      You can also check amazon.com

  2. QUESTION:
    What website will tell me the 2010 void of course moon calendar from Jan to Dec applicable in the Philippines?
    The start of the void of course moon, exact date and time it starts and exact date and time it ended for a particular date.

    • ANSWER:
      www.astroprofile.com/2010moonvoid.htm

      You will have to figure out how to adjust the time to your time zone

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a time on a Hindu calendar (moon calendar) where it is not advised to make big decisions?
    Supposedly, that time this year (2010) is like September 27th - October 7th...

    Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      my friend told me your dates are close .try adding one week.

  4. QUESTION:
    How often does a complete lunar eclipse of the full moon occur on the winter solstice?
    This event is occurring on this december 21st, 2010; and i was very curious as to how often this happens, and when was the last time this alignment took place. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      The last such occurrence was on 21st December 1638 in the Gregorian calendar (11th December in the Julian calendar).
      http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE1601-1700.html
      http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=1600&n=0
      The first website uses the Gregorian calendar and the second one uses the Julian.
      According to the NASA site, there are 3,479 total lunar eclipses in the 5,000 years between 2000 BC and 3000 AD. The likelihood of a total lunar eclipse on any specified day is therefore 1 in (365.25 x (5000/3479)) which is once every 525 years.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can you tell when its a full moon?
    How can you tell when its a full moon? Because there are a few days when it looks the same, but how can you tell its the EXACT day?

    • ANSWER:
      Look on a calendar there are sometimes a date on which will be a full moon.

      Or...

      Look on the sky, if the moon's disk is completely illuminated, it's Full moon.

      The Moon does not change phase everyday, The Moon revolves around the Earth for 27.3 days. There are no exact days of when will be a full moon (like if March 27, 2009 is a full moon, will March 27, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013... will be full moon, of course not!).

      HOPE THIS HELPS YOU!

  6. QUESTION:
    Do you believe that having babies on the full moon is true or just a myth?
    I'm 37 wks and dialated 3 we are to have a full moon around june 12 and everyone is saying I'll have the baby. What do you think?
    Liv~You know I just asked this for fun, lighten up!
    Dragonfly~bummer I hadn't looked it up but was just told it was a full moon. I won't get a chance to test it because I'm going to be induced on the 22nd.

    • ANSWER:
      Well according the hospital I delivered in yes. lol! I was scheduled to be induced on the 2nd and the day before was a full moon and they had a crap load of babies born then. I got the last room the morning that I went in. But I think it's a myth personally.

      Edit: The calendars I'm looking at show the full moon on the 26th, hmmm interesting. I think the new moon is the 12th and the full moon is the 26th.

      Yup, I found it:
      NewJun 12 2010
      FullJun 26 2010

      So maybe you will indeed have yours on a full moon which is closer to your due date. :)

      Add: Well i can also see how someone would think that because they always show a new moon on a calendar with a black dot and a full moon with a black circle, I always think of them as the other way around.

      I do hope that you do go into labor before then though.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the earliest and latest dates on which Easter Sunday can be?
    I just know it's on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the March equinox.

    • ANSWER:
      THE LATEST PASKA ( PASHA) TO DATE IS MARCH 21/

      Easter (Greek: Πάσχα Paskha, from Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesakh,) is the most important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.[1] According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the twenty-first century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8. *( WIKIPEDIA)

      PASHA CALCULATOR

      http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html

      THE EARLIEST DATE AND LASTEST DATES PASCHA FALLS ON ARE

      JULIAN CALENDAR MARCH 21/ AND LATEST TABULAR METHODS EXPLANATIONS
      Because the Julian calendar has a leap year every four years and the modern calendar omits seven of these leap days every 900 years March 21 (Julian) gradually falls later and later compared to March 21 (Gregorian). Also, in the Gregorian calendar the date of the ecclesiastical full moon is displaced backwards 8 times in 2500 years. This causes it currently to fall 4 or 5 actual days earlier (or 8 or 9 calendar days later) compared to the Julian. Because the cut - off date for the calculation, March 21, is later the Julian calendar sometimes places Easter in the following calendrical lunar month. When this happens the ecclesiastical full moon falls 34 actual days (21 calendar days) earlier in the Gregorian calendar. The practical effect of this is that the eastern and western Easter dates often coincide, but if they do not the western date will be 1, 4 or 5 weeks earlier ( WIKIPED(A)

      EARLIEST AND LATEST DATES OF PASKA
      The earliest day upon which Easter can fall is March 22, the latest is April 25. ... Easter in Latin and Greek is Pasha, the Hebrew translation of that word is ...
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      THIS YEAR WE BOTH CELEBRATE EASTERN CHRISTIANITY ( AND WESTERN ON APRIL 4.2010'

      BEST I COULD DO..

      IC XC NIKA

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any historical/ancient writings explaining what the ancient hebrews considered the beginning of the?
    Are there any historical writings or literature showing how the ancient hebrews marked or observed the beginning of a month? Are there any writings showing that the ancient hebrews used the crescent as the new moon, or there any writings showing that they used the conjunction? I need some written proof one way or the other......

    • ANSWER:
      I'd like to see that too. Rabbinica Judaism starts the month from the beginning of the New Moon, Karaite Judaism starts from the visible crescent. Various other groups start from differing places.

      I usually double check that we celebrate the Passover and First High day on the 14th day after the astronomical new moon.

      To check moon phases in the USA:

      http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar/PA/Mahaffey/2010-04

      Edit: Perhaps this site will help you find the answer.

      http://www.cbcg.org/Calendar/index.html

  9. QUESTION:
    how long would it take the moon to be full on a specific day?
    for instance, if the moon is full on feb 1st, then when is the next time it will be full on feb 1st? would i just keep adding 29 until it hits feb 1st again or is there a better way?

    • ANSWER:
      The lunar month (full moon to full moon) is 29.53059 days, so you could keep adding this period until you hit February 1st again. However, this is only an average and the interval between any two consecutive full moons can vary by several hours from this period, so it wouldn't necessarily be a particularly accurate method. You would need to consult a published list of phases such as http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/moonphases.html
      On a long-term average, you could say that a full moon could be expected to occur on a particular date every 29 or 30 years.
      There is a period of 19 years, called the Metonic Cycle, over which phases of the Moon repeat on the same day of the year for an extended period. The most recent full moon on January 30th occurs in the years 1972, 1991, 2010 and 2029.

  10. QUESTION:
    The phases of the moon are details same as last year 2009?
    Is the right acension,declination,lat and long of the moon the same in 2010 as it was in 2009?

    • ANSWER:
      These constantly change according to a pattern, but the same position, phase, etc. will occur from time to time, and at some point during the year.  It wouldn't happen on the same date, though, if that's what you're asking.  An excellent program that gives you a calendar/almanack of such observational data is Astronomy Lab 2.  http://www.personalmicrocosms.com/Pages/ss_alw32.aspx

      Direct download:  http://www.personalmicrocosms.com/zip/alw203.zip

      And, yes, it still works in 64 bit Windows 7 despite its age!  :o)
       

  11. QUESTION:
    Does everyone on earth use the same calendar?
    Hello all.

    Does everyone on earth use the same calendar? I would like an example too, does the difference also apply to year?

    We are in 2010 here, in some country, is it 11000 or whatever?

    And the last question, if they use another year system, I guess they still daily use the Gregorian calendar (since it's widely used on earth)?

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      The world uses a variety of calendars, but most of them are for religious purposes. Nearly everyone uses the Gregorian calendar for international trade and political purposes. Internally, they may use their own. Many Asian countries use a luni-solar calendar that begins with the second new Moon after the winter equinox. Israel uses the Jewish calendar, also luni-solar, which begins in September and consists of 12 or 13 lunar months every year. Islamic countries use a strictly a lunar calendar of 12 months which lasts only 354 days, so every new year is 11 days earlier than the last according to the western calendar. All of these calendars begin every month with a new Moon. The Greek and Russian Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar, which is like the Gregorian calendar but runs about 13 days later.

      Perhaps the strangest calendar in use is the one used by the Bahai faith. It has 19 months of 19 days each, which is 361 days. Then they add 4 extra days to keep it aligned with the sun.

      As for the numbering of the years, that depends on what is being commemorated. For majority Christian countries, it's approximately the birth of Christ. For Muslims, the years are numbered from Mohamed's flight to Medina. The Jewish calendar is "Anno Mundi", supposedly since the creation of the world.

      In Asia, the traditional calendars are used for religious and cultural festivals, so years are less important than year cycles. When a number is mentioned, it is usually since the beginning of an ancient dynasty.

  12. QUESTION:
    how to calculate the moon phases?
    I need to calculate the moon phases for each day of the year for a perpetual calendar which will generate the moon's phases for every day from today until december 31st 2010. As a result I need the formula that would allow me to calculate these moon phases. I will be doing this with a computer program (obviously). Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.voidware.com/moon_phase.htm
      http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/aboutmoonrise.html
      http://www.howtodothings.com/computers/a1199-moonphase.html
      http://wiki.tcl.tk/12389
      http://www.paulsadowski.com/sadowski/moonphase.htm
      http://www.paulsadowski.com/WSH/moonphase.htm
      http://www.griffithobs.org/Skyinfo.html
      http://search.cpan.org/~brett/Astro-MoonPhase/MoonPhase.pm
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/

      Greek to me!

      More on tidal waves-
      http://www.moonlightsys.com/themoon/phases.html
      http://www.moonlightsys.com/themoon/tides.html
      http://tbone.biol.sc.edu/tide/sitesel.html
      http://homepage.eircom.net/~cronews/geog/tides/tide.html
      http://www.fileedge.com/Cat/Home-Hobby/Astronomy/Moon-Phase-Calculator.html
      http://www.scienceisart.com/B_Tides/TidesMain.html
      http://www.fileedge.com/Cat/Communications/E-Mail-Tools/Tide-Tool.html
      http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/index.php

  13. QUESTION:
    Is Mars supposed to be really big on August 27th?
    I got an e-mail saying I should go look for Mars to be as big as the moon on August 27th. Is this true? Because I think thats B.S.

    • ANSWER:
      B.S.
      ( I prefer B.F.: Bull feathers -- it's more practical when in polite company)

      This is how it started:

      In 2003, Mars was closest to Earth (in opposition), as it is every 780 days. In 2003, it was to be the closest to us that it had ever been in thousands of years.

      Someone had written that IF you look through a telescope with a magnification of 75x, THEN Mars would look as big as the Moon looks when you see it naked eye.

      Some journalist forgot the reference to the telescope and simply printed that Mars would be as big as the Moon.

      Hoaxers jumped on the occasion to predict all kinds of stuff (there was even a book announcing that Nibiru -- the fictitious planet -- would use the opportunity to destroy us -- or some such rot).

      Since then, every year (except last year, because there was an eclipse of the Moon on that date), the hoax is repeated.

      The last opposition was in late December 2007 and the next one will be in January 2010 (this is a rare interval where there are no oppositions in two consecutive calendar years).

      In August, the apparent diameter of Mars will be 4" (4 seconds). Even with a 75x telescope, it will be difficult to even see it as a disk.

      by comparison, the Moon has an apparent diameter of over 1800" (half a degree -- there are 60 minutes in a degree and 60 seconds in a minute).

  14. QUESTION:
    What is your view on the current issue of 2010 as doomsday?
    Head over to this website and look through an article supporting "Planet X" colliding into Earth in 2010 and statements which states that we are safe from it.

    UniverseToday: http://www.universetoday.com/2008/05/25/2012-no-planet-x/
    Sorry, Typo Error. Is 2012!

    • ANSWER:
      It is another (or 2 more) Doomsday scares that will pass with little (if any) effect on us. This question gets asked several times a day, so I have looked up a lot of info on the Mayan calendar, Planet X, and Niburu. It's kind of long, but here goes:

      Don't believe everything you see on the internet, videos on YouTube (easily faked and don’t require verification) and in emails. They have been predicting the end of the world every few years throughout history and we've passed every one. Look at the one predicting the end at the millennium. We’re still here.
      The 2012 one, they have taken from the fact that the Mayans only carried their calendar out to December 21, 2012.They didn't predict the end of the world, only the end of an age. Maybe they figured that they had taken it far enough for the time being and then never got back to it because the Spanish Conquistadors came.
      Anyway, the Solar System will align with the Galactic Center on that date. This happens every 26,000 years. The Earth has been here about 4.5 billion years and humans for about 200,000 years. That means it has happened 7 times since man has existed and 173,076 times since Earth has existed, and it is still here and so are we.

      See below for another example of a predicted end of the world that we have gone past

      A New Myth Rising on the Internet. dated 1/17/2002

      This new myth claims that Planet X, some believe is Zechariah Sitchen's long-period planet Nibiru, is entering our solar system and interacting and causing changes to other planets as well as our sun and is due to pass through Earth's orbit sometime in the year 2003. One of the alarmists who is predicting catastrophe for our good old Terra Firma is Mark Hazlewood, a guest on last night's Art Bell show.
      Many point to the discovery of Object 2001 KX76, a fairly large minor planet, a recent find in the Kuiper Belt among other minor planetoids found on the solar system's outer perimeter. KX76 is estimated to be the size of Pluto's moon Charon.
      See: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.go v/apod/ap010830.html
      Sitchen's description of Nibiru depicts a much larger body, a planet larger than Mars, mayber larger than Earth. KX76 is only about 900 km in diameter and only the size of a small moon so it is baffling how this can be confused with the description of Nibiru.

      There is also no data on KX76 leaving the company of the Kuiper belt and entering the inner solar system.
      We have seen no convincing evidence that a large planet is going to intersect the Earth's orbit in 2003. If anyone has any reference to hard scientific data that disproves this, feel free to speak out.

      Evidently, doomsdayers are not daunted and are already making survival plans for the coming catastrophe of 2003. Please be prudent when hearing these extraordinary claims and ask for evidence before acting on such alarms.

      Well, it looks like they were wrong again. We're 5 years past the date predicted for this imaginary planet to hit us. Anybody can put anything on YouTube. That doesn't make it true. Here is another response and it is from NASA.

      NASA Comments on Plant X (Niburu) Hoax
      I hope this is my last comment on the Nibiru hoax, but questions like the above six keep coming in. Most of the entries on the Internet about Nibiru are false. Wikipedia has it correct when they write that "Nibiru is a name in Sumerian, Babylonian astrology associated with the god Marduk, generally accepted as referring to the planet Jupiter." The rest is a hoax, including all the "stuff" questioner #1 found on the internet. Questioners #2 and #3 mention the astronomical observatory at the South Pole, but I assure you these astronomers are not looking at Nibiru. The Antarctic is a great place for astronomical infrared and short-wave-radio observations, and it also has the advantage that objects can be observed continuously without the interference of the day-night cycle. If the questioner really thinks that Nibiru is visible in the daytime in the southern hemisphere, they are very confused; this sort of statement is obviously false.

      www.rense.com/general19/planetx.htm
      astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiol...
      As for an asteroid in 2029-2036
      Astronomers rule out asteroid risk in 2029
      Further observations show space rock won’t hit Earth

      Paul Chodas / NASA / JPL
      A diagram shows the encounter between Earth and the asteroid known as 2004 MN4 on April 13, 2029. The thick white line shows the error margin in the asteroid's anticipated path. The fact that the line does not touch Earth means there is no chance of a collision.

      By Alan Boyle
      Science editor
      MSNBC
      updated 7:06 p.m. CT, Mon., Dec. 27, 2004
      After issuing an unprecedented "yellow alert" for a potential cosmic collision, astronomers said further observations showed that a recently discovered asteroid had no chance of hitting Earth in the year 2029.

      Monday's announcement, issued by the Near Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, capped a high-priority search for data about the space rock, which was discovered in June and designated 2004 MN4.
      Fortunately, the alert led astronomers to check their archives for images of the asteroid that might have gone unnoticed at the time. Guided by the latest data about 2004 MN4's orbit, the Arizona-based Spacewatch Project spotted the rock on five images made back on March 15, said Donald Yeomans, manager of the Near Earth Object Program.

      "When we added those five observations, the impact probability in 2029 went to zero," Yeomans told MSNBC.com.
      The 2029 event is still worthy of note, however, because it could rank among Earth's closest encounters with a potentially hazardous asteroid observed in modern times. Yeoman said the minimum distance would be 10 to 12 Earth radii — which translates to 40,000 to 48,000 miles, or 64,000 to 77,000 kilometers.

      "It's going to be quite impressive," Yeomans said.
      "However, our current risk analysis for 2004 MN4 indicates that no subsequent Earth encounters in the 21st century are of any concern," Yeomans and his colleague, Paul Chodas, said in the advisory sounding the all-clear.
      If you read all this, you will see that these are scares that have nothing to back them up.

  15. QUESTION:
    How does the high point of the moon's orbital plane vary compared to the direction of tilt of the Earth's axis
    If the high point of the moon's orbital plane was always alligned with the direction of tilt of the axis then eclipses would only occur near equinoxes (when new and full moon occur along the ecliptic) but eclipses occur an many times of the year (even on the winter solstice in 2010).

    • ANSWER:
      The important thing for eclipses is not the earth's axial tilt -- the plane of the celestial equator -- it is the ecliptic, the plane of Earth's orbit around the Sun. The Moon's orbit is tilted from the ecliptic by about five degrees, and it crosses the plane of the ecliptic at two "nodes", called the ascending node and the descending node.

      Once per year, the point of new moon will nearly coincide with the ascending node, and we will have a solar eclipse (full, partial, or annual) somewhere on Earth. About six months later, the point of new moon will nearly coincide with the descending node, and we'll have another solar eclipse.

      The same is true of full moons and lunar eclipses.

      As it turns out, these nodes rotate (backwards, slowly) around the plane of the ecliptic, too -- it takes almost 19 years for the ascending node to rotate once around the ecliptic. As this happens, the time of year in which eclipses occur slowly moves through the calendar.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do Christians insist on celebrating at Easter & Christmas at historically inaccurate times?
    Any studied individual would know pagan goddesses were made in Catholic saints and Jesus was not born on December 25. Doubtful, likewise is the resurrection since it is tied to another pagan festival.

    A little honesty would be nice, is all.

    • ANSWER:
      Christmas, yes and we do admit it.

      Easter, no.

      + Christmas +

      Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, God the Son.

      The angel said to them,

      "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

      And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

      "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

      (Luke 2:10-14)

      Christmas is in no way a pagan holiday.

      No one knows the exact day when Jesus was born. If a date close to the winter solstice was chosen for Christmas to make conversion of pagans to Christianity easier then what is the harm of that? One could probably find a pagan holiday close to any date on the calendar.

      + Easter +

      Easter is calculated to follow Passover which is based on the lunar calendar.

      In 2010, Easter will be on Sunday, April 4.

      Catholics and most Protestants use the new Gregorian calendar decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to calculate the date of Easter.

      For more information, see:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

      The time of Easter is based on the cycles of the moon, the equinox, and seasons and things in nature.

      In simple (?) terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).

      In 2010 the vernal equinox will be on Saturday, March 20. The first full moon after that will be Tuesday, March 30. Thus, Easter will be on Sunday, April 4.

      The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285.

      The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038.

      With love in Christ.

  17. QUESTION:
    what are some ideal characteristics to look for when purchasing a telescope?
    my price range is a couple hundred

    i would like to be able to see some nebulas, moons on other planets, other planets

    • ANSWER:
      Join an astronomy club, ask members, and get good advice as well as views through good telescopes. Search at www.skyandtelescople.com for near ones.
      Buy from a store that specializes in astronomy. No Ebay! No Craig's list! No toy or department store! www.telescope.com or www.optcorp.com are good.
      Aperture (diameter) is better than power. Reflector gives more for money than refractor. Sturdy stand is better than light tripod. 1.25 and 2 inch eye lenses are better than 0.965 ones. Quality lenses are expensive, but better views. Red dot finder is better than a plastic barrel with plastic lens for lining up the scope. A Dobsonian mount is better than alt-azimuth tripod.
      Get some magazines like Sky & Telescope or Astronomy, planisphere or sky charts, red flashlight, 2010 Astronomical Calendar by Guy Ottewell, good binoculars, a planetarium program like Cartes du Ciel.
      Find a safe (SAFE!) dark sky spot to observe.

  18. QUESTION:
    In Scripture is the 1st day of unleavened bread a High Sabbath or a rest day?
    Ex 12:16 "The 1st day & the 7th day shall be a holy convocation for you, no work may
    be done on them except for what must be eaten for any person- only that may be done for you."

    Does this mean you can cook on the 1st & 7th days or does the food have to be prepared before?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with John & Virginia, except that we will be keeping the Passover after sunset Sunday 3/28, then finishing removing the leaven, and be ready for the first High Day beginning at sunset 3/29. I agree with the Rabbinical calculations, except that they miss the correct knowledge that Passover is a separate festival from the Days of Unleavened Bread. When you count to the beginning of the 14th day of the month from the new moon it begins 3/28 at sunset this year (2010) the Karaites use the observable new moon and seem to start their count down to the 14th day of the 1st month very late in the new moon period. http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar/PA/Houtzdale/2010-03

      We have whatever is necessary to perpare whatever meal we are planning for the High Day on hand and do a minimum amount of work to cook, eat, and clean up after each meal. However, we are commanded (Exodus 12:42) to commemorate the beginning of the 15th day, the High Day because that is actually when the Israelites left Egypt. So, I will be spending Monday cleaning up and preparing a major meal for the family for that evening. The previous evening, the beginning of the 14th, is when we will have had our Passover meal and taken the commemorative bread and wine.

      http://www.cbcg.org/night_to_be_much_observed_stenhouse.htm

      http://www.cbcg.org/franklin/SA/SA_passwhich.pdf

      Edit:http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar/PA/Houtzdale/2010-03
      Then:
      Leviticus 23:4-8 ESV "These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. (5) In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the LORD's Passover. (6) And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. (7) On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. (8) But you shall present a food offering to the LORD for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work."

      Please do not fall into the error of keeping the Passover on the 15th!

  19. QUESTION:
    Why is Easter on a different date every year ?
    Most holidays have a fixed date . Valentine's Day is always on February fourteenth . Saint Patrick's Day is always on March seventeenth . Christmas is always on December twenty -- fifth . Why is Easter on a different date every year ? Thank you in advance for your answers .

    • ANSWER:
      Easter is calculated to follow Passover which is based on the lunar calendar.

      In 2010, Easter will be on Sunday, April 4.

      Catholics and most Protestants use the new Gregorian calendar decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to calculate the date of Easter.

      For more information, see:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

      The time of Easter is based on the cycles of the moon, the equinox, and seasons and things in nature.

      In simple (?) terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).

      In 2010 the vernal equinox will be on Saturday, March 20. The first full moon after that will be Tuesday, March 30. Thus, Easter will be on Sunday, April 4.

      The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285.

      The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038.

      With love in Christ.

  20. QUESTION:
    How is the Easter period decided each year?
    Some years Easter is in late March and sometimes in the middle of April so how is it determined when Easter is celebrated? Do they know the exact date when Jesus was crucified?

    • ANSWER:
      Easter is calculated to follow Passover which is based on the lunar calendar.

      Catholics and most Protestants use the new Gregorian calendar decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to calculate the date of Easter.

      For more information, see:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

      The time of Easter is based on the cycles of the moon, the equinox, and seasons and things in nature.

      In simple (?) terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).

      In 2010 the vernal equinox was on Saturday, March 20. The first full moon after that was Tuesday, March 30. Thus, Easter was on Sunday, April 4.

      The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285.

      The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038.

      With love in Christ.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why is Easter not always on the same day as Christmas?
    Both Easter and Christmas are Christian holidays and although Christmas is celebrated on every December 25th, Easter is celebrated either in March or in April. For example Easter in 2009 is on April 12th but in 2010, Easter is on April 4th and in 2013, Easter is on March 31st.

    Why is Easter on a different date in March or April while Christmas is on the 25th of December?

    • ANSWER:
      Easter is calculated to follow Passover which is based on the lunar calendar.

      In 2009, Easter will be on Sunday, April 12.

      Catholics and most Protestants use the new Gregorian calendar decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to calculate the date of Easter.

      For more information, see:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

      The time of Easter is based on the cycles of the moon, the equinox, and seasons and things in nature.

      In simple (?) terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).

      In 2009 the vernal equinox will be on Friday, March 20. The first full moon after that will be Thursday, April 9. Thus, Easter will be on Sunday, April 12.

      The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285.

      The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038.

      With love in Christ.

  22. QUESTION:
    What biblical significance does the time-frame of 100 years hold?
    examples: 3 days=resurrection; 7 days=creation.

    Does '100 years' have any biblical significance?
    If so, please give a specific example if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, Man is getting 60 Centuries here in the Temporal to prove that God has been right all along, and that's all! Ex: 2 Peter 3:8.

      AD 2010 = Year of Creation 5998.

      Then, see Rev. 20 for last 1,000!

      The Israelites were never instructed to account for time the way that we do under the System of the Extended Roman Empire that we use, i.e., The Gregorian Calendar!

      They used the New Moons as a guide for tracking the passing of time.

      Be careful, you can get steered all out of whack trying to make something out of numerology. Numbers are okay. Numerology is not!

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I determine on what date in Gregorian calender Diwali will be in 2010 without using Saka calender?
    I mean how to make Saka caelender using Gregorin calender ?
    What decidees when it's going to be Holi,Dussera and other festivals
    acc to Gregrion Calender

    • ANSWER:
      These festivals are all based on Hindu calendar. If you look for New moon or Full moon during Hindu months, it will be easy to convert into Gregorian dates.

      Diwali, is celebrated on Amavasya (new moon), the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin (Aasho), which is usually the month of October or November every year. In 2010 Diwali will be celebrated on 5th day of November.

      The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March.

  24. QUESTION:
    How offen is there 2 full moons in the same mounth?
    This December there are 2 full moons 1 on the 2nd and 1 on the 31

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you could see Blue Moons in December 2009 or in January 2010 or March 2010, but it depends where in the world you live.

      According to the popular definition, it is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.

      The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen.

      On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.

  25. QUESTION:
    Hi can someone help me in finding good marriage dates in the upcoming months?
    Need good dates for my cousins marriage in the coming months and finding a bit difficult to schedule the dates, can someone help me in it, as astrology is a bit confusing to me ..

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations on your plans on getting married sir, for a list of good marriage dates you can have a look at www.abppatropatri.com which has a bengali calendar in their website. even better
      Auspicious Dates 2010
      MoonTithiDayDate
      Sud2Saturday15/5/2010
      Sud 3 Sunday 16/5/2010
      Sud 8 Friday 21/5/2010
      Sud 9 Saturday 22/5/2010
      Sud 10 Sunday 23/5/2010
      Sud 11 Monday 24/5/2010
      Sud 12 Tuesday 25/5/2010
      Sud 15 Thursday 27/5/2010
      Vad 1 Friday 28/5/2010
      Vad2 Saturday 29/5/2010
      Vad3 Monday 31/5/2010
      Vad4 Tuesday 01/06/2010
      Vad5 Wednesday 02/06/2010
      Vad9 Sunday 06/06/2010
      Vad10 Monday 07/06/2010
      Vad11 Tuesday 08/06/2010
      Vad12 Wednesday 09/06/2010

      Jeth

      Auspicious Dates 2010

      MoonTithiDayDate
      Sud8 Saturday 19/06/2010
      Sud9Sunday 20/06/2010
      Sud10 Monday 21/06/2010
      Sud13 Thursday 24/06/2010
      Sud14 Friday 25/06/2010
      Sud15 Saturday 26/06/2010
      Vad2 Monday 28/06/2010
      Vad3 Tuesday 29/06/2010
      Vad4 Wednesday 30/06/2010
      Vad7 Sunday 04/07/2010
      Vad8 Monday 05/07/2010
      Vad9 Tuesday 06/07/2010
      Vad11 Thursday 08/07/2010

      Ashadh

      Auspicious Dates 2010
      MoonTithiDayDate
      Sud3Wednesday14/07/2010

      Kartak

      Auspicious Dates 2010
      MoonTithiDayDate
      Sud12Thursday 18/11/2010
      Vad1Monday 22/11/2010
      Vad2Tuesday 23/11/2010
      Vad7Sunday 28/11/2010
      Vad9Tuesday 30/11/2010
      Vad12Thursday 02/12/2010

      Magsar

      Auspicious Dates 2010
      MoonTithiDayDate
      Sud3Wednesday08/12/2010
      Sud4Thursday09/12/2010
      Sud5Friday10/12/2010
      Sud6Saturday11/12/2010
      Sud8Tuesday14/12/2010
      Sud9Wednesday15/12/2010

      Hope it may help you and your family
      Regards

      You can also have a look at www.abppatropatri.com to know about beneficial matrimony softwares like wedding planner, online photo gallery etc.

  26. QUESTION:
    How many days off do we get for eid?
    Firstly is eid tuesday or wednesday (in england) and do we get 2 days off school?

    • ANSWER:
      Quick Facts
      Eid-al-Adha is an Islamic festival to remember Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It is observed around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
      Name
      Eid-al-Adha in UK

      Eid-al-Adha 2010
      Wednesday, November 17, 2010

      Eid-al-Adha 2011
      Monday, November 7, 2011
      Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

  27. QUESTION:
    Has anybody around here noticed that the dreams posted seem weirder during a full moon?
    .....or is it just me? If you think so too, do you have any ideas why? Just wondering....
    Thanks in advance for your answers....
    Hi Intuitive Impressions, can you expand on the implications of this moon, and the coming eclipses, and why it may be affecting people's dreams?

    • ANSWER:
      Yesterday (May 27), we had a very big, very important full moon. Also, this full moon is very close to some important eclipses in June and July.

      EDIT: The full moon last Thursday was known as WESAK. It is Buddah's birthday - an annual holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in the Indian subcontinent and South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Indonesia.Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday," it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment (nirvāɳa), and passing away (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha.

      The exact date of Vesākha varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on the full moon Uposatha day (typically the 5th or 6th lunar month). Vesākha Day in China is on the eighth of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar but falls in April or May.

      In 2010 the first full moon day in May is the twenty-seventh.

      FURTHER EDIT: ECLIPSES there will be a solar eclipse on June 26 and a lunar eclipse on July 11. Big changes occur with both on an individual and a universal level.

      FURTHER EDIT: WHY IMPORTANT TO DREAMS - with WESAK, we are to ask for what we would like to come into our lives, and what aspects we would like to release. With the eclipses, things that no longer serve us tend to go, and new things come in. As you know, I read dreams from an intuitive perspective. Therefore, dreams will also reflect what no longer serve us and must be released, and what new things should come in.

      As you may also be aware, many people who utilize this site come from an unenlightened spiritual place of darkness, especially around relationships, although I am happily seeing more references to psychic and higher-order symbolic dreams.

  28. QUESTION:
    Any one from you can tell me lunar eclipse?
    According of books that earth come bewteen moon and sun?
    but earth comes in every month complete his revolution. why it happen some months?

    • ANSWER:
      A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes through some portion of the Earth’s shadow.

      This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.
      An eclipse involving the Sun, Earth and Moon can occur only when they are nearly in a straight line.

      Because the orbital plane of the Moon is tilted with respect to the orbital plane of the Earth (the ecliptic), eclipses can occur only when the Moon is close to the intersection of these two planes (the nodes).

      The Sun, Earth and nodes are aligned twice a year, and eclipses can occur during a period of about two months around these times.

      There can be from four to seven eclipses in a calendar year, which repeat according to various eclipse cycles, such as the Saros cycle.

      Hence, the Moon is always full the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon's location relative to its orbital nodes.

      Eclipses can occur in a one- or two-month period twice a year, around the time when the Sun is near the nodes of the Moon's orbit.

      An eclipse does not occur every month, because one month after an eclipse the relative geometry of the Sun, Moon, and Earth has changed.

      A lunar eclipse occurs at least two times a year, whenever some portion of the Earth's shadow falls upon the Moon.

      The Moon will always be full during a lunar eclipse; that is, from the perspective of the Sun, the Moon will be directly behind the Earth.

      However, since the orbital plane of the Moon is inclined by about 5° with respect to the orbital plane of the Earth (the ecliptic), most full moons occur when the Moon is either north or south of Earth's shadow.

      Thus in order to be eclipsed, the Moon must be near one of the two intersection points its orbit makes with the ecliptic, which are referred to as the Moon's ascending and descending nodes.
      Kindly click on the link below ==
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Lunar_eclipse_diagram-en.svg

      Edit = The information above is from a web site
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse

      Lunar eclipse occurs more frequently than one cares to know . Many of them are NOT VISIBLE from the area one is located .
      That does not mean they do not Occur .

      THAT IS HECK OF AN ANSWER !!!!!!!

      Edit 2 = click on the link below to see the Lunar eclipses from 2001 to 2010 = These are 24 in all so more than two per year !!==
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_21st_century_lunar_eclipses#Lunar_eclipses_of_21st_century

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a good Moon Calendar for Jan 11 - Feb 8 2010?
    What is a good Moon Calendar for Jan 11 - Feb 8 2010?

    • ANSWER:
      This web site is very good and shows January and February 2010 moon faces. http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/time/moon/

  30. QUESTION:
    Is NIBIRU the reason for global warming and more catastrophic climate?
    change associated from an increase in temperature. If you dont bleieve in NIBIRU, then why is their proof that its been in newspapers. Explain why its not possible, why are there doomsday theories for 2012, not the end of earth i know, but what about humanity.

    • ANSWER:
      the world is not going to end in 2012. There is no scientific proof, or evidence for that matter. People think that the world is going to end because that’s when the mayan calendar ends. If this is why the world is going to end then we might as well say that the world is going to end on December 31 2009 because no calendars have been printed for 2010 yet. Its an absurd idea that has been shamelessly endorsed by yahoo, google, the news media, and even the history channel.

      that’s the short answer. Here’s the long one:

      There are a couple theories on how the world will supposedly end in 2012. I will give you examples, and shoot the ideas down for you.

      The most popular idea is that planet x, is going to come to the earth and block the sunlight. First of all, it is not “the planet x” it’s “a planet x”. planet x is a generalized term that caught on a couple hundred years ago that was used to describe unknown planets of our solar system. Neptune was once a planet x. astronomers calculated that the orbital period of Uranus was affected by another object, probably a planet, that was beyond Uranus. They calculated the orbital period of this planet x, and found where it would be at a specific time. They saw the planet, and it was no longer considered planet x. it got its name- Neptune. Scientists miscalculated the orbital period of Neptune being affected by another planet, but by chance their miscalculations revealed Pluto. This icy world was also considered planet x, and was first seen in 1930. It was considered a planet until 2006 when it was demoted to a dwarf planet, and now a plutoid. Sedna, quaour, eris, and ceris were all considered planet x’s, and were eventually classified as plutoids.

      Now that you know the true definition of a planet x, lets talk about the scientific improbabilities of a planet x that is going to travel all the way to the earth. First of all, I have gone to college, and received a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics and I have never heard of nibiru. According to recent data, there may be another planet larger than earth lying in the kupiter belt. to get to earth it would have to get through the beatings of countless asteroids, and the gravitational pull of the four gas giants of the outer solar system - Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter. I wouldn’t be surprised if it became a moon of one of those planets on its way. Anyway, if it did get through the gas giants, it has to get through another asteroid belt, as well as mars. It will most likely be shot into outer space, or into the sun where it will burn up. If it did manage, by some miracle, to get in front of the earth, it would be in a different gravitational shell. It would be closer, which means it will orbit the sun faster than the earth, therefore it will move away from us. So that’s not going to happen.

      Another theory is about the asteroid. Its going to hit earth or whatever. Here’s why it won’t work: the asteroid has to take the same path to get to the earth as planet x, but it is even smaller, and will take more of a beating. If it got through everything, it would just crash into our moon probably. If it did come to earth, the atmosphere would burn it up so much that there would probably be nothing left for it to hit earth.

      All other theories are just as absurd. Nothing is going to happen in 2012, except for the same things that could happen any other year.

      nibru is not the cause for global warming. that is completely absurd. that makes no sense whatsoever, and i have no idea what the thought process was behind that one.

  31. QUESTION:
    How often is the lunar eclipse?
    Like, how many years between them? When was the last one? What exactly is it? NOT SOLAR ECLISP, LUNAR!

    • ANSWER:
      There are always a minimum of two lunar eclipses a year. There can be as many as five.

      Depending on where you are, there may be one partial eclipse of the moon left this year. In Australia, you'd be able to see the tiniest nip out of the top of the moon's disc in the wee hours of New Year's morning, January 1, 2010. In Europe, this eclipse happens still in 2009, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

      Suppose you were in Perth, Western Australia. You'd see the nip appear at the top of the moon around 2:53 a.m. Western Standard Time on New Year's morning. It takes almost exactly one hour for the moon to ride through the edge of the earth's shadow, ending at 3:53 a.m. Note than on the Australian east coast, this means that with the time difference the sun rises before the eclipse even starts.

      Eclipses always occur in "seasons" which lie a bit less than 6 months apart. With a lunar eclipse on January 1, you'll see the next eclipse of the moon in the late evening of June 26, 2010 in Australia and east Asia, or the wee hours of the previous morning (night of June 25-26) in western North America.

      After that, a total eclipse of the moon happens the evening of December 21, 2010 in Australia, and in the small hours of December 21 in the Americas.

      After that, you have lunar eclipses June 16, 2011 (in eastern Australia) and the night of December 10-11 (in Australia). And so on. The last eclipse of 2012 will be November, so you can see that after starting in January 2010, the eclipse season moves back across the calendar more than a month over three years by late 2012.

      In some years you could get as many as five lunar eclipses. This will have happened thirty-three times in the five thousand years between 2000 BC and the year 3000. The next year with five lunar eclipses will be 2132.

      Here's another interesting tidbit. Total eclipses of the moon happen in families. The lunar eclipses on January 1 and June 26, 2010 are only partial eclipses. The next total eclipse of the moon is going to be the one December 21, 2010. This inaugurates a family of three total eclipses in a row, the last being December 11, 2011. Then come five straight partial and penumbral eclipses, all of the events in 2012 and 2013.
      The next total eclipse of the moon after 2011 doesn't come until April 2014.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it usual for our easter (christian) and orthodox easter the same two years in a row?
    I went on Google, and looked for the Easter calendar, and it says easter will fall together in 2010, and 2011. And why are the easters always different dates any other year?

    • ANSWER:
      The dates are different because we use a "solar" calendar for civil dates, and a "lunar" calendar for Pascha/Easter.

      The Jewish Passover is the same date each year -- Nissan 14th. The date varies on the civil calendar because of the differences between the solar (365 1/4 day) year, and the lunar (12 moons (months)) year. (Okay, it's a lunisolar calendar, but let's not get too complicated.)

      The Western Christians use a different method of calculating the solar calendar than the Eastern Christians do, which is why the dates vary. It is unusual for the two dates to line up two years in a row, but no big deal.

      Some people think that Pascha/Easter is a "pagan" celebration because the date is related to the full moon, but that's just because they don't realize that the Jewish calendar is based on the phases of the moon.

      "Pascha" is Greek for "Passover," and it's the same word for both the Christian Pascha (Easter), and the Jewish Pascha (Passover).

      The yearly celebration of Christ's Ressurection is on a Sunday, and after the " Paschal Full Moon."

      This is because the Jewish calendar is based on the moon. The Jewish month begins on the new moon; the Jewish Pascha is on the 14th of Nissan (the Spring Full Moon); and so the date of Easter is the first Sunday after that.

      http://orthodoxwiki.org/Pascha

  33. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Explain Rosh Chodesh Iyyar?
    I know it takes place on April 14, 2010

    but in a nutshell is it a religious holiday, or what happens on this day or what feasting or planning?

    • ANSWER:
      Rosh Chodesh means it's the first day of the month in the Hebrew calendar, marked by the new moon and Iyyar is the name of that particular month, so Rosh Chodesh Iyyar simply means the first day of the month of Iyyar. It is marked by prayers but other than that is not considered a holiday as it comes up 12 times/year on the first of each month.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why does the Easter holiday fall on different days each year?

    • ANSWER:
      Easter is calculated to follow Passover which is based on the lunar calendar.

      In 2010, Easter will be on Sunday, April 4.

      Catholics and most Protestants use the new Gregorian calendar decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to calculate the date of Easter.

      For more information, see:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar
      http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

      The time of Easter is based on the cycles of the moon, the equinox, and seasons and things in nature.

      In simple (?) terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).

      In 2010 the vernal equinox will be on Saturday, March 20. The first full moon after that will be Tuesday, March 30. Thus, Easter will be on Sunday, April 4.

      The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285.

      The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038.

      With love in Christ.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can someone explain the Jewish calendar?
    How many days in each month? What is Adar? What year is 2009 on the Jewish calendar?

    • ANSWER:
      29/30, depending. The Jewish months go by the cycle of the moon. The moon revolves around the earth every 29 1/2 days, which means that some months are 29 days, and some are 30, to account for that extra 1/2.

      The Jewish calender also keeps in sync with the solar year. The way it does so is by the addition of an extra month (Adar II) to the year every few years. A lunar year is 354 days, solar 365. So those 11 days are added up, and when they reach a month, they're added to the year.

      Adar is the 6th** Month in the Jewish Year. The holiday of Purim is celebrated in this month. It usually falls around March.

      5769/5770. The Jewish New Year usually falls around Sept-Oct, and so the Jewish year falls in the middle of the secular year. 5770, the upcoming Jewish year, will be from Sept 19, 2009 - Sept 8, 2010

      For more, see http://www.jewfaq.org/calendar.htm

      (**The Jewish calender actually has 4 New Years, and therefore the # of the month varies. Acc the Bible, the year starts in Nissan, which makes Adar the 12th month of the year, but Acc the Mishnah, the year starts in Tishrei, which makes Adar the 6th month. Nowadays, we hold that the year starts in Tishrei. I don't know why there's a difference, I'll need to look into it. If you're interested, see Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1, and the above link.)

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some of the struggles believers have in determining what it means to keep the sabbath?

    • ANSWER:
      I struggle with the fact that the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and no one else seems to want to recognize the implications of that fact.
      ***The history of a Jewish Calendar is divided into three periods: the Biblical, the Talmudic, and the post Talmudic. During the Biblical period the understanding of the Calendar was based entirely upon the observation of the sun and the moon.***
      http://www.bible-history.com/jewishyear/jewishyear_history_of_the_calendar.html

      ***the Hebrew term for "month," chodesh, means "new [moon]," referring to the new moon that began the month. The lunar cycle played a significant role in the cultural and religious life in ancient Israel so that time could be counted by the cycles of the moon (Ex. 19:1). The New Moon was a festival day, observed by burnt offering and sacrifices as well as banquets (Num 29:6, 1 Sam 20:5, 1 Chron 23:31). The New Moon festival was often listed along with Sabbath as an important religious observance (2 Kings 4:23, Ezek 45:17).***

      http://www.cresourcei.org/calendar.html

      ***Months are either 29 or 30 days, corresponding to the 29½-day lunar cycle. Years are either 12 or 13 months, corresponding to the 12.4 month solar cycle.

      The lunar month on the Jewish calendar begins when the first sliver of moon becomes visible after the dark of the moon. In ancient times, the new months used to be determined by observation. When people observed the new moon, they would notify the Sanhedrin. When the Sanhedrin heard testimony from two independent, reliable eyewitnesses that the new moon occurred on a certain date, they would declare the rosh chodesh (first of the month) and send out messengers to tell people when the month began.

      The problem with strictly lunar calendars is that there are approximately 12.4 lunar months in every solar year, so a 12-month lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than a solar year and a 13-month lunar is about 19 longer than a solar year. The months drift around the seasons on such a calendar: on a 12-month lunar calendar, the month of Nissan, which is supposed to occur in the Spring, would occur 11 days earlier in the season each year, eventually occurring in the Winter, the Fall, the Summer, and then the Spring again. On a 13-month lunar calendar, the same thing would happen in the other direction, and faster.

      To compensate for this drift, the Jewish calendar uses a 12-month lunar calendar with an extra month occasionally added. The month of Nissan occurs 11 days earlier each year for two or three years, and then jumps forward 30 days, balancing out the drift.

      In ancient times, this month was added by observation: the Sanhedrin observed the conditions of the weather, the crops and the livestock, and if these were not sufficiently advanced to be considered "spring," then the Sanhedrin inserted an additional month into the calendar to make sure that Pesach (Passover) would occur in the spring (it is, after all, referred to in the Torah as Chag he-Aviv, the Festival of Spring!).***

      http://www.jewfaq.org/calendar.htm

      It wasn't till the 4th century or over 2000 years of ***declaring the rosh chodesh (first of the month) because the Sanhedrin heard testimony from two independent and sending out messengers to tell people when the month began*** and inserting an ***additional month into the calendar to make sure that Pesach (Passover) would occur in the spring***

      So to what proof exists that would support the theory that today's Sabbath is the same as the first one when all the evidence lines up against this belief.

      As an illustration, look at the Passover. Passover is to be on the 14th day of the month or a full moon. Here is the Passover for the next couple of years.

      Passover website:
      http://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/...

      ***2009: April 9-16 Passover starts on Wednesday
      2010: March 30-April 6 Passover starts on Monday
      2011: April 19-26 Passover starts on Monday
      2012: April 7-14 Passover starts on Friday
      2013: March 26-April 2 Passover starts on Monday
      2014: April 15-22 Passover starts on Monday
      2015: April 4-11 Passover starts on Thursday

      Note: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances – including the first seder – begin the night before the dates listed. Jewish calendar dates also conclude at nightfall.***

      So, if the 14th day bounces around to every day of the week, the 7th does too. This is because ***a 12-month lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than a solar year and a 13-month lunar is about 19 longer than a solar year.***

      Those celebrating the Sabbath by the Gregorian calendar can not make the adjustments needed to observing Passover on the 14th day of the month and the Sabbath on the 7th day of the month on a lunar calendar which starts with a new moon every month. If they wanted to observe the way it was done in the Bible, the the post Biblical calendar observance would need to go away with the dogmatic ideals so they could conform to the flexible lunar calendar.

      Once this is done, one can understand why the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.

      Hope this helps

  37. QUESTION:
    When will Easter Sunday fall in the Russian calendar this year?
    ??
    I should add that Russian religiousfestivals operate by the orthodox church calendar, which is different.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is an excerpt from a Russian Orthodox Curch book entitled "About the Paschalia" edited by Archimandrite Naum, elder of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius monastery in the Moscow oblast:

      "The Gregorian calendar is historically pernicious and is astronomically unnecessary. From 1900 to 2100, the difference between the two calendars is 13 days. Under the Gregorian calendar, it is difficult to retrieve historical events and astronomical phenomena; it is difficult to alternate lunar and solar equations. One cannot apply the rule concerning celebration of Easter to the Gregorian style. Therefore, the Orthodox Church cannot accept the Gregorian style. The church celebrates Easter not according to dictates of the Gregorian or Julian calendars, but in accordance with the lunar biblical calendar. The great indiction, that is the great paschal circle encompassing 532 years, provides for the unity of time in cosmic, historical, and liturgical fields as a synthesis of knowledge of calendars; it accounts for equinox and full moons, and serves as an eternal calendar. The indiction affirms the inviolacy of the week. The Holy Orthodox Church is the sole guardian of the authentic Apostolic tradition."

      The paschal calculations for the date for Easter are the first sunday after the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox - this is true. What is NOT true is that everyone uses the same calender. The Russian and other Eastern Orthodox religions still traditionally use a lunar biblical calender, NOT the Gregorian calender the rest of us use. For this reason, while the Western religions will be celebrating their Easter on March 23, the 2008 Russian Easter will be 5 weeks later - on April 27.

      The two versions of Easter do coincide every 3 years - last year they were both April 8th, and in 2010 both will be April 4th.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the maximum number of solar eclipses per year?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jesusa!

      The maximum number is five. Each calendar year MUST contain a minimum of two solar eclipses. (It must also have a minimum of two eclipses of the moon.) There can be as many as five eclipses of the sun. The next year with five lunar eclipses will be 2132. The next time with five solar eclipses will be 2206.

      Here's how it works. Eclipses do not simply happen at random. They only take place at certain times of the year, during what are called "eclipse seasons." Each eclipse season is as much as 37 days long. When a new moon happens during those 37 days, there will be a solar eclipse. If there's a full moon, we'll have an eclipse of the moon.

      Full moons and new moons take place about 14 to 15 days apart, so there must be at least one of each in every eclipse season. One lunar eclipse. One solar eclipse.

      If a new moon happens shortly after the beginning of a 37-day eclipse season, there will be enough time for a second new moon before the season ends. That means you will have two solar eclipses in one eclipse season.

      Eclipse seasons fall about 25 weeks apart. That means that there must be at least two in each year. There must be at least one solar eclipse in each. It can also happen that in BOTH of the eclipse seasons, new moons happen near the start and near the end, making as many as four solar eclipses.

      Since eclipse seasons are 25 weeks apart, it is possible that one might start in early January, the second in late June/early July and a third in late December. If there happened to be two solar eclipses in the January season and two in the June season, and if the December new moon also comes before New Year, you could get five solar eclipses in a single year. This is what happened in 1935, the last time this occurred.

      The next time it will happen is 2206. In 2206, the last eclipse of the December-January eclipse season comes in January, followed by two in the June-July season, and two on December 1 and December 30.

      Six solar eclipses, by the way, are impossible in a single calendar year. If the December eclipse season started with a new moon and a fifth solar eclipse of the year in late December, the next new moon could not take place until January, beyond the end of the year.

      Eclipse seasons migrate through our calendar. In 2008, the eclipse seasons took place in February and, now, in August. Next year, 2009, the first eclipse season runs in late January-February, the second in July-August, and then a third starts in the last week of December, 2009 and runs on into 2010. Next year, incidentally, has four lunar eclipses, and narrowly misses being a lunar five-eclipse year because the full moon on January 11th happens just before the start of the first 2009 eclipse season.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there any way I could get a picture of the moon on September 15, 2010?

    I need an actual satellite picture of the moon on this particular day because I need to sketch it. I know its a waning gibbous, so now I just need a picture of the moon on wednesday- sept 15.
    I need an actual satellite picture of the moon on this particular day because I need to sketch it. I know its a waning gibbous, so now I just need a picture of the moon that was taken on wednesday- sept 15.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml

      there it is! Print it out and then you can sketch it! I use this for my Astronomy class! hope this helped!

  40. QUESTION:
    If people say 2012 is a hoax, why did the maya, egyptian, hindu, & other cultures agree something will happen?
    I'm just confused, I know we shouldn't worry about it. But i just wonder why so many cultures agree something will happen dec. 21, 2012? With all the earthquakes and natural disasters, i don't know what to think anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      2012 – A Scientific Reality Check

      The Galileo spacecraft's view of the Moon and Earth On December 16, 1992, 8 days after its encounter with Earth, the Galileo spacecraft looked back from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers (3.9 million miles) to capture this remarkable view of the Moon in orbit about Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there… So here is the scientific reality on the celestial happenings in the year 2012.

      Nibiru, a purported large object headed toward Earth, simply put - does not exist. There is no credible evidence - telescopic or otherwise - for this object's existence. There is also no evidence of any kind for its gravitational affects upon bodies in our solar system.

      I do however like the name Nibiru. If I ever get a pet goldflish (and I just may do that sometime in early 2013), Nibiru will be at the top of my list.

      The Mayan calendar does not end in December 2012. Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period, but then – just as your calendar begins again on January 1 - another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

      There are no credible predictions for worrisome astronomical events in 2012. The activity of the sun is cyclical with a period of roughly 11 years and the time of the next solar maximum is predicted to occur in the period 2010 – 2012. However, the Earth routinely experiences these periods of increased solar activity – for eons - without worrisome effects. The Earth’s magnetic field, which deflects charged particles from the sun, does reverse polarity on time scales of about 400,000 years but there is no evidence that a reversal, which takes thousands of years to occur, will begin in 2012. Even if this several thousand year-long magnetic field reversal were to begin, that would not affect the Earth’s rotation nor would it affect the direction of the Earth’s rotation axis… only Superman can do that.

      The only important gravitational tugs experienced by the Earth are due to the moon and sun. There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and Sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.

      The predictions of doomsday or dramatic changes on December 21, 2012 are all false. Incorrect doomsday predictions have taken place several times in each of the past several centuries. Readers should bear in mind what Carl Sagan noted several years ago; "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."

      For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, the burden of proof is on the people making these claims. Where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and all the passionate, persistent and profitable assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.

  41. QUESTION:
    Anyone gonna buy the New Moon 2010 calendar?
    I'm gonna buy it for sure! I was really upset when they were out of the twilight calendars. But now I know exactly when and where to buy one!
    No rude answers please! :)

    • ANSWER:
      HELL TO THE YEAH!

  42. QUESTION:
    not when they will start filming, when will it be RELEASED?
    i am looking for a ballpark range of when the movie will be released, not when they will start filming.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm assuming you're talking about New Moon.

      Here's my best guess from looking at the release calendar.
      • November 13 and 20, 2009 look like they are open for a solid blockbuster.
      • December 4 and 11, 2009 are currently open, but they are not desirable dates because most films in those slots are dumped by smaller theatres for the Christmas movies.
      • If they don't care about a "prime" date, there are plenty of open dates Jan-April 2010.
      • May 14, 2010; June 4, 2010; and July 7, 2010 are all good dates that are currently open.
      • If the producers/distributor feel really good about their movie, they may even try June 11, 2010 against A-Team or June 18, 2010 against Toy Story 3.

      If I was a betting man, I would put money on November 2009 - although that might mean they are rushing production. More likely I would look at May 14 or June 4 2010.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do we figure out what day will be Easter?
    I used to know and it escaped me

    • ANSWER:
      The calendar is very important for a society so that it can determine when things should be done. In the ancient world, knowing the time to plant crops was vital; and in modern times the calendar enters every aspect of our lives, telling when to celebrate, when to work, and when to pay our bills.

      Our calendar is based on the sun with the fundamental units being the day (determined by the rotation of the earth with respect to the direction of the sun) and the year (determined by the rotation of the earth around the sun).

      Not all calendars have been determined by the sun. For example the Moslem calendar is moon-based; whilst the Babylonians based their calendar on a combination of the sun and moon.

      In our calendar, a hint of a moon-based system remains with the "month", although the average month is a few days longer than the rotation of the moon around the earth.

      A further remanent of a moon-based system is the determination of the date of Easter. Many people know the definition of Easter as "Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the Full Moon on, or after, the March Equinox".

      But this definition hides a number of problems and can require quite accurate knowledge of the orbit of the moon. The first problem is the need to define a longitude on earth for which Sunday is determined. For example, at the instant of Full Moon it may be Sunday in Sydney but still Saturday in London giving rise in certain circumstances to a different date for Easter. A second problem arises from the variabilities in the orbit of the moon which is perturbed by the sun and the major planets. The exact orbit of the moon was not known precisely until recent times and it would be difficult if the date of Easter changed as our knowledge of the moon's orbit changed.

      To obtain consistency in the date of Easter, the Church at the Council of Nicea decided to define Easter with respect to an imaginary moon - known as the "ecclesiastic moon". Also, the date of equinox was fixed at March 21 even though it can vary slightly from this date. With this definition, the date of Easter can be determined in advance without further astronomical knowledge. But the sequence of dates varies significantly from year-to-year with Easter Sunday being as early as March 22 and as late as April 25. In fact, the exact sequence of Easter dates repeats itself approximately every 5,700,000 years in our Gregorian calendar.

      The Eastern Orthodox churches decided not to follow the above definition and they determine Easter from the real full moon at the longitude of Jerusalem. Hence, there is sometimes a difference in the date of Easter between churches.

      For those interested, the following table lists the date of Easter Sunday up to the year 2010.

      April 04, 1999 April 23, 2000 April 15, 2001 March 31, 2002 April 20, 2003 April 11, 2004 March 27, 2005 April 16, 2006 April 08, 2007 March 23, 2008 April 12, 2009 April 04, 2010

      The following is an algorithm by which the date of Easter may be calculated.

      Divide by Quotient Remainder the year x 19 - a the year x 100 b c

      b 4 d e

      b + 8 25 f -

      b - f + 1 3 g -

      19*a + b - d - g + 15 30 - h

      c 4 i k

      32 + 2*e + 2*i - h - k 7 - L

      a + 11*h + 22*L 451 m -

      h + L - 7*m + 114 31 n p

      Then n is the number of the month (3 = March; 4 = April) and p + 1 is the day of that month upon which Easter Sunday falls.

      The symbol * means the product of the two numbers.

  44. QUESTION:
    Are Polar shift and the reversal of the Earths magnetic field the same thing?
    Thanks :)
    Where's my link Stoner :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, a pole shift refers to the Earth's magnetic field reversing it's polarity.The polar shift will happen due to the gravitational effect caused by the solar system lining up. It could be possible that when Venus and Jupiter line up with our moon it could cause the Earth's gravitation to be effected. This is just the beginning when the planet Nibiru comes in between Mars and Earth then line up with the Venus, Jupiter and our moon. That is supposedly when the polar shift will occur. The date is December 21, 2012. But according the Mayan calendar it could be 2010....there are so many discrepancies with the Mayan calendar which we use as a estimate of time. They had it as 10 months. December being number 10. Deci means 10!

      Also if the poles do shift it will be in three minutes. They used to believe that it would take a long time. According to scientists the last pole shift was 730,000 years ago!
      I'll get you a link since these other tools don't know much!

      Now this is from the history channel so take it with a grain of salt..you know

      This video explains more, but, take the god aspect out.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_s82pOltf4

      I found the links in this video interesting

      This link explains a lot...Don't get the three days up to the shift confused with the time it could take..it explains that too. It isn't quite the one I was looking for, but very good.
      http://www.crawford2000.co.uk/mag.htm

  45. QUESTION:
    Has there ever been a lunar eclipse on Dec 21? I am not interested in future eclipses, just past ones.?
    I am particularly interested in total lunar eclipses. I am just curious to know if there has been one on the winter solstice. I know there has to be a way to figure out what dates lunar eclipses have happened instead of just predicting them.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KBX!

      As far as the precise dates of eclipses go, you'd do better to check places like the NASA Eclipse Page. Here is some general information to help you with predictions, though.

      Eclipses can happen on any given date. None is favored. No season is more likely than others, except that a GIVEN LOCATION is more likely to see a lunar eclipse in late autumn and early winter, because at those seasons the moon is above the horizon longer than it is in summer.

      Eclipses happen only during 37-day corridors. There are two such corridors every 352 days and they migrate through the calendar, coming about two weeks earlier each year. A little quick math shows that every nine years or so, a new corridor slides into the month of December.

      The next December eclipse corridor will start in 2009. The last ended in December 2001.

      - The 1991-1992 December eclipse corridor saw a partial eclipse of the moon December 21, 1991.

      - The corridor of December 1982-83 saw a penumbral eclipse on December 20th, 1983, very close to the solstice.

      - In the 1973-74 corridor, however, the closest was December 10th, 1973.

      - December 19, 1964 was the eclipse for the 1964-1965 corridor, just two days before the solstice.

      And so on.

      The closest total lunar eclipse to the winter solstice (at least, since the start of the Gregorian calendar) happened the night of December 20-21, 1638. (It was late evening December 20th by the clocks in the Americas, in the wee hours of December 21st in England.) The eclipse came just 14 hours 19 minutes before the moment of the solstice. The next-closest was the eclipse 6:30 a.m. [GMT, which did not exist at that time] December 23rd, 1703, just 19 hours 28 minutes after the solstice.

      You know, by the way, that there's a lunar eclipse on December 21, 2010? It will be total and visible on every continent except Antarctica (where it's summer and the full moon of December cannot be seen; remember what I mentioned about winter being the better time!) and except for parts of Africa, the Middle East and India. North America sees it all. Most of Europe and the rest of Asia will see part, but not all, of this winter solstice eclipse.

      For comparison, the 2010 eclipse will be closer to the moment of solstice than the 1703 eclipse, but not quite as close as the one in 1638. The 2010 eclipse is at its best 8:17 a.m. GMT, while the moment of the winter solstice comes at 11:41 p.m., 15 hours 27 minutes after the eclipse. The 1638 eclipse was closer to the solstice by 1 hour and 8 minutes.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the referredto as "Once in a Blue Moon"??? How this sentence came into vogue?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Blue Moon:

      A blue moon can refer to the third full moon in a season with four full moons, or the second full moon of a calendar month.

      Blue moons between years CE 2009 and CE 2016:

      The following blue moons occur between 2009 and 2016. These dates use UTC as the timezone; months vary with different timezones. In casual use, when fractions of a second are not important, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) can be considered equivalent to UTC.

      (i) Seasonal:

      The Farmers' Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.

      Using the Farmers' Almanac definition of blue moon (meaning the third full moon in a season of four full moons), blue moons occur on,

      November 21, 2010,
      August 21, 2013 and
      May 21, 2016

      (ii) Calendar:

      Extra Full Moon in a calendar year::

      Most years have twelve full moons that occur approximately monthly. In addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains roughly eleven days more than the lunar year of 12 lunations. The extra days accumulate, so every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon.

      Recent popular usage defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a calendar month.

      Note that, unlike the astronomical seasonal definition, these dates are dependent on the Gregorian calendar and time zones.

      Two full moons in one month:

      2009: December 2, December 31 (partial lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the world), only in time zones west of UTC+05.

      2010: January 1 (partial lunar eclipse), January 30, only in time zones east of UTC+04:30.

      2010: March 1, March 30, only in time zones east of UTC+07.

      2012: August 2, August 31

      2015: July 2, July 31

      The next time New Year's Eve falls on a Blue Moon (as occurred on 2009 December 31) is after one Metonic cycle, in 2028. At that time there will be a total lunar eclipse.

      2) Early English usage of the phrase 'once in a blue moon':

      A "blue moon" is also used colloquially to mean "a rare event", reflected in the phrase "once in a blue moon.

      The 'blue moon' expression itself is old and dates back to mediaeval England. For example, a work by William Barlow, the Bishop of Chichester, the Treatyse of the Buryall of the Masse, 1528, which is more commonly known by its first line,

      "Rede me and be nott wrothe, For I say no things but trothe included a reference to a blue moon: Yf they saye the mone is belewe, We must beleve that it is true."

      "Rede Me and Be Not Wrothe" ("Read me and be not angry"; or possibly "Counsel Me and Be Not Angry" : "yf they say the mone is belewe / We must believe that it is true" [If they say the moon is blue, we must believe that it is true].

      Since 1819, The Maine Farmers' Almanac has listed the dates of forthcoming blue moons. The compilers of the almanac didn't use the 'second full moon in a month' definition that is now generally accepted but instead defined a blue moon as the third full moon in a season which has four.

      3) References in classic literature, 'once in a blue moon':

      i) The Golden Road (CE 1913 novel), by L C Montgomery

      'I go to it only about once in a blue moon'

      (ii) Anne Of Green Gables (CE 1908 novel), by L C Montgomery

      'Now and then you might see a rabbit skipping across the road if you were quiet--which, with Anne and Diana, happened about once in a blue moon.'

      (iii) The Man Upstairs and Other Stories (CE 1914 short stories) by P G Wodehouse

      'Monsieur said he didn't, except once in a blue moon'

      4) Examples :

      Once in a blue moon, I buy a fashion magazine, just to see what people are wearing.

      I don't know why I bought that CD-ROM for my computer - I only ever use it once in a blue moon.

      My sister lives in Alaska, so I only get to see her once in a blue moon.

      Once in a blue moon I'll have coffee with friends, but it's not my regular drink.

  47. QUESTION:
    When in the 2010 Chinese New Year over?
    What day does it end on? I know it started February 14, but I want to know when it ends.

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on what is the "end" for...

      1. The 15th of the first month in Chinese calendar is the first full moon. It is also the Chinese Valentine day (another Chinese valentine day is seventh day of seventh month). I think it is kind of the day finish up all celebration. 1/15 is March 1 for this year.

      2. For business, some only has 1 day off, some has 3~4 days off. For some family bussiness or people work far away from home could be 2 weeks or even a month off.

      3. For student, it also means their Winter Break... the end of Winter Break is the end of Chinese NY to them.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is today Buddha's birthday or was it last week?
    I thought May 27 (today) is the birthday of the Buddha, then I sometimes hear it falls on May 21. Which is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Good morning Art W

      A lot depends upon the tradition of Buddhism that one practices ( see http://www.chinatownology.com/vesak_day.html ). According to my calendar and in the tradition that I practice, Vesak (Wesak or Saka Dawa Duchen http://buddhism.about.com/od/buddhistholidays/tp/whenisbuddhasbirthday.htm )—the day commemorating the Buddha's birth, attaining enlightenment, and entering Parinirvana—occurs on the day of the full moon in the month of May in the Gregorian calendar (27 May 2010). If the year is a leap year, Vesak is then celebrated on the day of the full moon in June (see http://www.buddhanet.net/festival.htm ).

      May all be at peace.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the English birth date,month& year of a baby born @ 2am on Thursday 1st of Muharram between 1928-35?
    A baby was born @ 2am on a Thursday which was the 1st of the muslim month of muharram. The english year was between 1928 & 1935. If the english year in which the 1st of Muharram fell on a Thursday is searched between these years the english date & month can be easily fixed.

    • ANSWER:
      Alas, it is NOT so simple as the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Muharram migrates throughout the seasons. The estimated start dates for Muharram are as follows (all future dates are estimates and depend on sightings of the new moon), though strictly speaking the month starts at sunset on the previous day:

      # 1429 AH: 10 January 2008
      # 1430 AH: 29 December 2008
      # 1431 AH: 18 December 2009
      # 1432 AH: 7 December 2010

      First for a very rough conversion, the rule of thumb is multiply the Islamic year number by 0.97, and then add 622 to get the Gregorian year number. An Islamic year will be entirely within a Gregorian year of the same number in 20874. The Islamic calendar year of 1429 will occur entirely within the Gregorian calendar year of 2008. Such years occur once every 33 or 34 Islamic years (32 or 33 Gregorian years). (1) In this case, where we are doing the opposite, you would subtract 622 from the years 1928-1935 and divide by 0.97. This means that the years in the Muslim calendar should correspond to the years (1346 through 1353).

      Second, get a copy of the calendars for years 1346-1353 and make comparison or stop by the mosque and ask an Iman for the dates for those years. Good luck

  50. QUESTION:
    Is the ''supermoon'' were supposed to see dangerous?
    I don't want the world to end or us 'california' have an earthquake.. Please tell me? I'm scared ):

    • ANSWER:
      Full Moon at Perigree in an Excess of 4, 066 miles than the Normal Extreme of 225, 622 miles
      The distance of the earth to the moon in miles varies in distance from 225, 622 miles to 252,088 miles in distance from one another. The extreme in proximity or "close-ness" to earth is the 225, 622 miles.
      The full moon on March 19, 2011 will be 4, 066 miles closer, being at a distance of 221,556 miles from the earth on that date. The Spring Equinox is the next day. (Daylight Savings time begins Sunday March 13, 2011. - 1st Sunday in Lent, Daylight Savings Begins
      Tuesday March 16, 2011 - The Ides of March "Beware the Ides of March!" (The ides are the 'middle')
      Friday March 18, 2011 - The moon is on the celestial equator
      Saturday March 19, 2011 - Full Worm Moon (moon at perigree in excess of extreme 4,066 miles
      On Friday March 11, 2011 We have seen an 8.9 (or 8.8) earth quake hit Japan
      On January 12, 2010 there was the 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Haiti
      Page 108 of 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac says that when the moon "rides high" or "runs low" (The Moon is highest above or farthest below the celestial equator) that this begins a most likely five day period when earthquakes are most likely ("rides high" for Northern Hemisphere and "runs low" for the Southern Hemisphere. Also there are two days in the month when the moon is on the celestial equator indicating the most likely time for an earthquake in either hemisphere). These days are marked in the Old Farmer's Almanac on the 'right hand pages for the calendar year.
      When the Haitian quake hit Jan. 12, 2010 the moon "ran low"
      The Japan quake on March 10, 2011. The moon "rides high" on the next day March 11, 2011 (which is still very close).
      Next Saturday March 19, 2011 the full moon will be in excess of it's usual perigree by 4, 066 miles and the moon will be on the celestial equator (two days of the month when earthquakes are most likely to happen in either the Northern or Southern Hemispheres). It is a full Worm Moon (http://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/) and most usually a full moon is bad enough, but this one is closer than it's usual perigree distance and it is right at the time when the moon is on the celestial equator.
      The news reports about a connection between the Japan quake and the unusually large full moon next week say that there is no connection. They are probably answering that question in respect to the Japan quake being caused by moon riding high as opposed to the quake being caused by an unusually close perigree. You may be able to see the deception in that answer given to there being no connection.
      There may be nothing to be concerned about, but I thought I'd pass it along as a "be-advised" or FYI. Take care.


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