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Full Moons on Halloweens

 
 
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Reply Sat 24 May, 2003 08:03 am
What are the years that a full moon occured on October 31st?

I'm proofreading a work of fiction set in modern times, and the author has a full moon occurring on Halloween, and I believe later in the work, I'll discover that a full moon supposedly occurred sometime in the past on Halloween, maybe the 1600s.

Can anyone provide the years when such a thing might have occurred?

Thanks.
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Reply Sat 24 May, 2003 04:54 pm
The list here shows the years after 1600 when 31st Oct is the day of Full Moon or nearly Full Moon.
(Although timzone is set to GMT zone and this was calculated based on the values on the ecliptic coordinates, the lunar day 15 may not necessarily be identified as Full Moon from observers on the ground.)

31 Oct, 1610 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1618 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1629 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1637 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1648 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1656 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1659 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1667 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1675 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1686 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1694 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1705 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1724 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1732 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1735 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1743 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1754 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1762 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1770 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1773 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1781 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1789 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1800 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1811 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1830 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1838 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1849 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1857 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1876 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1887 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1895 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1906 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1917 lunar day 16
31 Oct, 1925 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1944 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1952 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 1963 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1982 lunar day 15
31 Oct, 1990 lunar day 14
31 Oct, 2001 lunar day 16

(If you need precise information, check websites of lunar calendars or an observatory.)
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Reply Sat 24 May, 2003 08:57 pm
Satt_focusable: Many thanks for your precise response.

I appreciate your help and ability to research an obscure fact such as this.

Thanks so much!
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satt fs
 
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Reply Sat 24 May, 2003 09:06 pm
The date of Full Moon depends on what timezone you choose, as the transit time of the moon depends on the location, and can vary at most one day.
It may be more precise to think the evening of the 31st of Oct, 1610 was Full Moon rather than lunar day 16.
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Reply Sat 24 May, 2003 09:17 pm
What in the world is a lunar day? Or is that a loaded question?

The time zone would be located in Salem, Ma.

Thanks for sticking with this, satt_ focusable.

I appreciate it.
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