Happy Persian New Year! This equinox+eclipse+supermoon will NEVER happen again

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As for the coincidence of a total solar eclipse with the former equinox/supermoon dyad, I couldn’t find any predictions so I have to conclude that the chances are infinitesimally small. You see, the supermoon happens every 28 days, and the equinox twice a year, but total eclipses occur only about once every 1.5 years

Happy Chinese New Year! Here is an explanation of a solar year.

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Today, Thursday February 19th, 2015, is the first day of the Chinese year of the Goat.

The Chinese year varies based on the Lunar year which is about 354.37 days, or twelve moon cycles with the intercalation (timekeeping) extra 13th month added every 2-3 years.

Interestingly, the Islamic New Year is purely lunar without intercalation and so the months bear no relation to the seasons.

Now, we all learned that a calendar year is 365 days with an extra day every 4 years (leap year)

But there are two other kinds of solar years: tropical and sidereal.

Happy Chinese New Year! (4712)- But just what is a year ? (Part one of three)

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Today, January 31, 2014, was the first day of the Chinese year of the Horse. Why do those Asians have to be different? The Chinese year varies based on the Lunar year which is about 354.37 days, or twelve moon cycles with the intercalation (timekeeping) extra 13th month added every 2-3 years. Interestingly, the Islamic New Year is purely lunar …