Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon

Tonight is not only significant because it is the end of 2009 and we are on the threshold of 2010 !

But it is also important because there is a Blue Moon!

No, it is not literally blue in color (unless where you are viewing, a lot of dust particles or smoke particles are in the atmosphere).

But, tonight, Dec. 31, 2009, if you look in the sky, you will see a Full Moon. And, this full moon is called a Blue Moon because it is the second of 2 Full Moons that occur in the same month.

And here is another verrrrrry interesting ‘factoid’ about tonight’s Blue Moon: Only once in every 19 years is there a blue moon on New Years Eve! Wow. Interesting.

And in case you are wondering, the last time a blue moon occurred on New Year's Eve was in 1990. The next time this will happen will be in 2028.

And, ready for another ‘factoid’ about the Blue Moon tonight? OK. Here it is:

There will also be a partial eclipse of the moon tonight. This is another rare event.

Alas, the eclipse will only be visible in Europe, Africa, Asia, and in extreme North Canada. But, it will be happening.

Anyway, if you are outside tonight, take a look.

And if you want to read more about this interesting astronomical event, HERE'S A LINK

And, just for fun and completeness, here are a couple more links: HERE and HERE