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Late Easter this year

March 8th, 2011 20 comments

Today is Mardi Gras which signals Lent begins tomorrow.  And if Lent begins tomorrow, then Palm Sunday  is a long 40 days away and Easter is another week past Palm Sunday.  Usually Mardi Gras is in February.

Easter is usually calculated by astrological full moon and spring equinox.  Easter traditionally falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after spring equinox.  This year, spring equinox falls on March 20.  The next full moon is March 19th.  Ooops, not soon enough.  The next full moon is on April 18th, which is on a Monday.  The next Sunday is April 24, which is Easter.  Easter hasn’t been this late in 68 years. 

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Easter falls on April 24, the latest it has arrived in 68 years, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington.

Easter hasn’t come this late since 1943 and won’t be this late again until 2038.

“In both 1943 and 2038 Easter occurs on April 25, which is as late as it can theoretically be,” said Geoff Chester, an astronomer and public relations officer with the observatory.

Easter last occurred on April 24 in 1859, and it will not fall again on the 24th until 2095.

“The earliest possible date for Easter is March 22,” Chester said.

On a slightly different note, Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 13,  at 2 a.m.  We get to spring forward and lose an hour of sleep. 

Any special fat cat plans tonight?