Monday, December 28, 2009

Partial Eclipse & Blue Moon on New Year's

On this New Year's Eve there will be a Blue Moon (the second full moon of December) and a partial Eclipse (visible in most of Europe, Africa and Asia).

Approximately every six months we have a Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse is when the shadow of the Moon travels across the surface of the Earth. It will only occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are lined up with the Earth in the middle, and the Moon is on the far side of the Earth from the Sun: when there is a Full Moon.

There were 41 Blue Moons in the twentieth century and there was one of only four during an eclipse. So enjoy this very rare occasion while ringing in the new year!

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