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Rare 'Blue Moon' Will Appear on New Year's Eve

submitted on December 29, 2009 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
It's not really blue, but instead it's actually a second full moon falling in the month of December. One appeared on December 2. 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 even more rare, occurring every 19 years. The last time this happened was in 1990; the next one won't come again until 2028.

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 doesn't show up until New Year's Day, making January a blue moon month for them.


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