4-22-11: Still Lunar After All These Years
Passover began Monday evening, and this Sunday is Easter for both western and Orthodox Christians. The dates for these holidays are not the same from year to year—they, like the tides, depend on the moon.
Fred Hickok is an astronomy professor and the head of the science department at Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. Last month, he gave a presentation at the Benjamin Banneker Planetarium called “Easter and the Changing Moon.”
Today he tells Sheilah about the role that the moon has played in religion throughout the centuries…including a late 16th century dispute between Catholics and Protesants that led to the creation of “April Fool’s Day.”