Experience a blue moon Dec. 31

December 25, 2009

Second full moon in a month on New Year’s Eve

Step outside and enjoy a blue moon on Dec. 31. The term “blue moon” means that we will experience a second full moon in the same calendar month. An unusual occurrence that occurs about once every 2 1/2 years, the full moon will be exact at 1:13 p.m. CST, with the moon in Gemini.  The last full moon was on Dec. 2.

A very slight partial lunar eclipse will occur for Europe, Africa, Asia, and parts of Australia, from 18:52 to 19:54 Universal Time (GMT) on this date.

After the whooping at midnight, step out into the silent night of the new decade under the bright moon and stars. Face south. Far below the Moon is brilliant Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. To Sirius’s upper right stands Orion, and to its upper left shines Procyon. Now turn east-southeast. There Mars shines brightly, with Regulus positioned below it.
Information courtesy Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta.