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Once In A Blue Moon

December 30, 2009

Once in a blue moon, there is a full moon on New Year’s Eve, as is the case December 31, 2009. “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. People in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa will see the full New Year’s Eve moon. Even more unusual, people in the Eastern Hemisphere will see a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve. The name blue moon originated in 1946 when a writer for Sky & Telescope Magazine labeled the second full moon in a month a blue moon. For some unexplained reason the name caught on and remains popular to this day as a description of something very rare.

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