Castle and Full Moon
Clouds couldn't hide this bright Full Moon as it rose last week over the medieval castle of
Tourrette-Levens near Nice, France. Exactly full on April 9, 2009 at 1456 UT, it followed the
March equinox, making it the first Full Moon of spring in the north and autumn in the
southern hemisphere. Known as the Easter Moon, it fixes the date for the Christian celebration
of Easter on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon of northern spring. Also called the
Grass Moon or Egg Moon in the north, in the southern hemisphere, following the autumnal
equinox, this Full Moon shines throughout the night as a Hunter's Moon.