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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 07:43 AM
Rare New Year's Eve 'blue moon' to ring in 2010

Bookmarks .Print ..By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer Alicia Chang, Ap Science Writer – Tue Dec 29, 7:03 pm ET
LOS ANGELES – 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."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091230/ap_on_sc/us_sci_blue_moon

 

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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 08:08 AM
too bad it's gonna rain on the east coast

 

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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 08:55 AM
I'll be howlin' that's for sure! LMAO!

 

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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 08:56 AM
Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and proved untrue
Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue
It was on a moonlight night the stars were shining bright
When they whispered from on high your love has said good-bye
Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and said good-bye

 

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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 09:58 AM
Hey Steve

Song written by Bill Monroe in 1947. also recorded by Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline!

 

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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 10:02 AM
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Song written by Bill Monroe in 1947. also recorded by Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline!
Love Patsy's rendition of this song (heck - of ANY song )

Thanks for the reminder of tomorrow's Blue Moon, Ruthie! Since I'm kind of tied to the house oncall I just might take Punkin for a midnight walk around the block so we can enjoy it.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2009 at 10:10 AM
Hey Deb! Get your 7 day free trial to SiriusXM so you and Punkin can listen
to Gregg's NYE show on DeepTracks!

 

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