Could this be a sign of good things to come? We will have a New Year's Eve this year that we see only 'once in a blue moon'!! This will be the second full moon in December, 2009 and it will happen on the 31st. It is called a 'blue moon' when there is more than one full moon in a given month. I have posted a little article from NASA below, giving more details about these rare 'blue moons'. Now don't expect the moon to actually be the color blue. It will just be full, miraculous and shining down on YOU!
Have a safe New Year's Eve and a healthy, happy new year. And do enjoy this 'once in a blue moon' event!
Blue Moon on New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Party planners take note. For the first time in almost twenty years, there’s going to be a Blue Moon on New Year’s Eve.
“I remember the last time this happened,” says professor Philip Hiscock of the Dept. of Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. “December 1990 ended with a Blue Moon, and many New Year’s Eve parties were themed by the event. It was a lot of fun.”
"Most months have only one full Moon. The 29.5-day cadence of the lunar cycle matches up almost perfectly with the 28- to 31-day length of calendar months. Indeed, the word "month" comes from "Moon." Occasionally, however, the one-to-one correspondence breaks down when two full Moons squeeze into a single month. Dec. 2009 is such a month. The first full Moon appeared on Dec. 2nd; the second, a "Blue Moon," will come on Dec. 31st. This definition of Blue Moon is relatively new.
The modern definition sprang up in the 1940s. In those days, the Farmer's Almanac of Maine offered a definition of Blue Moon so convoluted that even professional astronomers struggled to understand it. It involved factors such as the ecclesiastical dates of Easter and Lent, and the timing of seasons according to the dynamical mean sun. Aiming to explain blue moons to the layman, Sky & Telescope published an article in 1946 entitled "Once in a Blue Moon." The author James Hugh Pruett cited the 1937 Maine almanac and opined that the "second [full moon] in a month, so I interpret it, is called Blue Moon."
That was not correct, but at least it could be understood. And thus the modern Blue Moon was born.
Blue moon has other connotations, too. In music, it's often a symbol of melancholy. According to one Elvis tune, it means "without a love of my own." On the bright side, he croons in another song, a simple kiss can turn a Blue Moon pure gold.
Author: Dr. Tony Phillips; Credit: Science@NASA