Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blue Moon

This New Year's Eve there will be a Full Moon.
Not only a Full Moon but a Blue Moon.
The moon will turn full on Dec. 31 at 2:14 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and out here in the Pacific Northwest at 11:14 a.m.
This week's full moon will also be a partial eclipse. The moon will dip slightly into the Earth's umbra (the dark, hard-edged shadow ), which will show black on the moon's southern limb for just over an hour. This will be a pre-midnight New Year's Eve show for Europe, Africa and western Asia. While for central, Eastern Asia, Indonesia, western and central Australia, this will happen in the post-midnight hours of the first day of 2010.
Unfortunately, most of North America (except for northern Alaska and northernmost Canada) is out of the zone of visibility for this eclipse.
So when looking up at the fireworks, you might see the Blue Moon, if it is a clear night.
A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month — a blue moon — occurs every 2.5 years.


  1. I hope to see the Blue Moon. I wish I could see it over the mountain...
    Blessings, andrea

  2. Christine,
    How about we hope a flite to Europe for the show!
    Dee dee

  3. Dee Dee,
    That would be so much fun!
    Let's GO!

  4. I love the snow scene on your blog header... so pretty!!

  5. I was just out admiring the moon from our angle of the world --- 'tis beautiful on this frosty night --- and there you are talking about it. And a blue blue, to boot!

  6. How very interesting! I never knew!

  7. Thanks for the heads up! I love to view God's sky shows!
    Your new banner is beautiful!

  8. I read something about this earlier but didn't quite get it. thanks for explaining it although doubtful we will see it as it is a rainy day here. Happy New Year

  9. Oh I had no idea! I am so sad though...those nasty rain clouds and I can't see the sky at all. I was watching the moon last night though and noticed it was close to full.


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