Today, Monday, June 20, 2016, Summer Solstice Full Moon — IS V. SPECIAL; Last One Was In 1967, Next 2062.
A full moon the exact day of the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice (June 20 to June 22) does NOT happen as often as you think.
Calendars (as I talked about here) do repeat on somewhat of a cycle (typically 28 years). Phases of the moon recur too, on a cyclic basis, roughly on a 19-year basis — though it rather than being exact tends to ‘on or near the same calendar day’. And that is the rub (so to speak). ‘On or near’. That has meant that a Full Moon on the Solstice does not happen, like clockwork, every 19 years.
However, it is also NOT a once in a lifetime event for most of us. More like twice in a lifetime.
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Last year it was Father’s Day and International Yoga Day.
This year it is a RARE Full Moon — Father’s Day falling one day ahead.
6:34 pm Eastern in the USA — 11:34pm GMT.
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Christmas this year, i.e., 2015, falls on the Full Moon.
This is rather special.
It does NOT happen as often as you think.
IF you have an exceptional memory for matters such as this you may believe that you actually remember this happening not that long ago — say 2004, 11 years ago. Actually the Full Moon in 2004 was on Boxing Day, i.e., December 26th, rather than the 25th.
The last time Christmas was on the Full Moon was in 1977.
Statistically a full moon will fall on a specific date, in this case Christmas, every 18.61 years. But Leap Years messes this up. Hence the 38 year gap in this case (essentially twice the ’19’ year gap).
The next Christmas on a Full Moon will be in 2034 — 19 years from now. Next one will be 2053.
So this is SPECIAL. Enjoy.
>> Supermoon eclipse, Sep. 27, 2015.
For a welcome change the weather will cooperate
for Sunday, September 27, 2015
Supermoon Eclipse over New Hampshire.
It is a Supermoon eclipse in that the Moon happens to be at its closest to Earth.
You can have Supermoons without there been an eclipse and eclipses without it being a Supermoon.
Supermoon eclipses are quite rare. The last was 33 years ago in 1982. The next is 18 years hence in 2033.
In addition to 1982, the other Supermoon eclipses since 1900 have been in 1910, 1928, 1946 & 1964.
Here is a GREAT NASA video about Supermoon eclipses that explain why they are rare (if you can’t visualize it yourself). Enjoy.