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trickskier
12-31-2009, 11:43 AM
Rare New Year's Eve 'Blue Moon' to ring in 2010

Something that occurs only once every 19 years will light up the sky Thursday night. Once in a blue moon there is one on New Year's Eve. Revelers ringing in 2010 will be treated to a so-called blue moon. According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don't expect it to be blue the name has nothing to do with the color of our closest celestial neighbor.

A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year's countdown.

"If you're in Times Square, you'll see the full moon right above you. It's going to be that brilliant," said Jack Horkheimer, director emeritus of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and host of a weekly astronomy TV show.

The New Year's Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. For partygoers in Australia and Asia, the full moon does not show up until New Year's Day, making January a blue moon month for them.

However, the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year's Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth's shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.

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. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. New Year's Eve blue moons are rarer, occurring every 19 years. The last time was in 1990; the next one won't come again until 2028.

Blue moons have no astronomical significance, said Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

"`Blue moon' is just a name in the same sense as a `hunter's moon' or a `harvest moon,'" Laughlin said in an e-mail.

The popular definition of blue moon came about after a writer for Sky & Telescope magazine in 1946 misinterpreted the Maine Farmer's Almanac and labeled a blue moon as the second full moon in a month. In fact, the almanac defined a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons, not the usual three.

Though Sky & Telescope corrected the error decades later, the definition caught on. For purists, however, this New Year's Eve full moon doesn't even qualify as a blue moon. It's just the first full moon of the winter season.

In a tongue-in-cheek essay posted on the magazine's Web site this week, senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty wrote: "If skies are clear when I'm out celebrating, I'll take a peek at that brilliant orb as it rises over the Boston skyline to see if it's an icy shade of blue. Or maybe I'll just howl."

DemolitionMan
12-31-2009, 12:24 PM
That will be nice.:)

SkiDog
12-31-2009, 12:35 PM
Damn, its gonna be cloudy & overcast here tonight!:mad::mad:

Chief
12-31-2009, 12:45 PM
Rare New Year's Eve 'Blue Moon' to ring in 2010

Something that occurs only once every 19 years will light up the sky Thursday night. Once in a blue moon there is one on New Year's Eve. Revelers ringing in 2010 will be treated to a so-called blue moon. According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don't expect it to be blue the name has nothing to do with the color of our closest celestial neighbor.

A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year's countdown.

"If you're in Times Square, you'll see the full moon right above you. It's going to be that brilliant," said Jack Horkheimer, director emeritus of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and host of a weekly astronomy TV show.

The New Year's Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. For partygoers in Australia and Asia, the full moon does not show up until New Year's Day, making January a blue moon month for them.

However, the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year's Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth's shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.

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. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. New Year's Eve blue moons are rarer, occurring every 19 years. The last time was in 1990; the next one won't come again until 2028.

Blue moons have no astronomical significance, said Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

"`Blue moon' is just a name in the same sense as a `hunter's moon' or a `harvest moon,'" Laughlin said in an e-mail.

The popular definition of blue moon came about after a writer for Sky & Telescope magazine in 1946 misinterpreted the Maine Farmer's Almanac and labeled a blue moon as the second full moon in a month. In fact, the almanac defined a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons, not the usual three.

Though Sky & Telescope corrected the error decades later, the definition caught on. For purists, however, this New Year's Eve full moon doesn't even qualify as a blue moon. It's just the first full moon of the winter season.

In a tongue-in-cheek essay posted on the magazine's Web site this week, senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty wrote: "If skies are clear when I'm out celebrating, I'll take a peek at that brilliant orb as it rises over the Boston skyline to see if it's an icy shade of blue. Or maybe I'll just howl."

Well I guess I'm not drinking tonight. It's that "once in a blue moon" statement. F

trickskier
12-31-2009, 12:55 PM
Well I guess I'm not drinking tonight. It's that "once in a blue moon" statement. F

Now that's funny................:D

captain planet
12-31-2009, 01:05 PM
I guess this will be the last new years eve blue moon we will ever see if the next one is in 2028....the world ends in 2012......:rolleyes:

trickskier
12-31-2009, 01:19 PM
I guess this will be the last new years eve blue moon we will ever see if the next one is in 2028....the world ends in 2012......:rolleyes:

I hope I'm around to see the end of the world..................:rolleyes:

TX.X-30 fan
12-31-2009, 01:19 PM
I guess this will be the last new years eve blue moon we will ever see if the next one is in 2028....the world ends in 2012......:rolleyes:



Thanks Al.................................... :D

shepherd
12-31-2009, 01:26 PM
I guess this will be the last new years eve blue moon we will ever see if the next one is in 2028....the world ends in 2012......:rolleyes:

Oh crap. I just put a bunch of money into a 5-year CD.

trickskier
12-31-2009, 01:31 PM
Oh crap. I just put a bunch of money into a 5-year CD.

Don't worry Shep....................CP is rarely right...........;)

captain planet
12-31-2009, 02:46 PM
Thanks Al.................................... :D

Al??? :confused:

TX.X-30 fan
12-31-2009, 05:19 PM
Al??? :confused:



75% chance its Al Gore??? :confused:

thatsmrmastercraft
12-31-2009, 07:38 PM
75% chance its Al Gore??? :confused:

Has to be Al Franken.

atlfootr
12-31-2009, 10:47 PM
Glad I wasn't the 13th post ... on the last night of the year 8p
Someone go out a take a couple photos of this 'blue moon' ,,,,

trickskier
12-31-2009, 10:51 PM
Glad I wasn't the 13th post ... on the last night of the year 8p
Someone go out a take a couple photos of this 'blue moon' ,,,,

I love the #13.................:D

atlfootr
12-31-2009, 11:41 PM
Jus' went out to snap a few moon shots, will post 'em tomorrow ..

(http://images.google.com/images?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hl=en&source=hp&q=blue+moon&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=&aqi=)

atlfootr
01-01-2010, 12:35 PM
transferring pic's soon coming ...

DemolitionMan
01-01-2010, 01:08 PM
....................

Tom023
01-01-2010, 01:31 PM
I guess this will be the last new years eve blue moon we will ever see if the next one is in 2028....the world ends in 2012......:rolleyes:

You're safe. The article was a little off, they happen on average every 19 months, not years.

atlfootr
01-01-2010, 01:40 PM
Hey Yellow,

You take that or what? Here's mine from last night!
No blue moon here ... figuratively speaking ...

DemolitionMan
01-01-2010, 01:45 PM
:uglyhamme:uglyhamme:uglyhamme. No I did not take that pic. I just wanted to see if I got any response. That was good the guy that posted it said he used a blue lens cover.:D

trickskier
01-01-2010, 02:42 PM
You're safe. The article was a little off, they happen on average every 19 months, not years.

The article is correct. A Blue Moon only occurs on Dec. 31st every 19 years.

atlfootr
01-01-2010, 03:01 PM
Here's your response, that's what I thought.
At least my pictures have creditability! :D Thank you very much ...

Tom023
01-02-2010, 11:38 AM
The article is correct. A Blue Moon only occurs on Dec. 31st every 19 years.

We'll see another before the world ends in 2012 just not on New Year's then. Actually it is even more rare, to end a decade with one is roughly every 229 years.

TX.X-30 fan
01-02-2010, 01:24 PM
We'll see another before the world ends in 2012 just not on New Year's then. Actually it is even more rare, to end a decade with one is roughly every 229 years.




Good point! :D