Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon 2009


Tonight is the second full moon in December 2009. In modern times this is called a Blue Moon. I've heard may explanations of where the term came from or how this particular phenomenon inherited the name.
Two full moons in one month happen approximately every thirty months or so. But the last blue moon to happen on a News Years Eve was in 1990. The moon doesn't look any more blue than any other full moon. It's just the name for the second full moon in a month.
Today's photo I made yesterday on the way home from work. I was amazed at how beautiful the sky looked with all the blues and grays and the almost full moon. As I drove, the sky kept changing, so I looked for somewhere to pull over to make a photo.
It looked so peaceful, maybe some how it could be a sign of what is to come in 2010. Optimistic I know, but I can still wish everyone a peaceful, happy New Year.

8 comments:

Tsutomu Otsuka said...
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Tsutomu Otsuka said...

Happy New Year. The full moon in Japan was 4:00AM of the New Year's Day. This month (Jan 2010) is "Blue Moon", because the 30th day is also full moon.

Hilary said...

That's a wonderful shot.. just beautiful and colourful. It's overcast here today so my hopes for a shot of the moon tonight are unlikely. Thanks for sharing yours. :)

S. Etole said...

beautiful blending of colors ... may your New Year hold as much beauty

Mrs. E said...

I love this picture. I'd already thought of capturing tonight's blue moon, too! I read somewhere that this hasn't happened on New Year's Eve for 19 years.

Caroline said...

What a serene photo. A very nice way to enter into this new decade. Happy New Year to you!

Lynne said...

Happy new year to you Steve. The weather is all a bit misty and grey here so no moon snapping here.

SiLa said...

Beautiful image and educational post :)
May He (God) grant you your heart's desire And fulfill all your counsel! Ps 20:4