Rare "blue moon" to be visible on New Year's Eve

31 December 2009 05:48 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The last night of 2009 will be unusual, one that comes only once in a blue moon, literally. Partygoers and sky gazers will be able to see a second full moon this month on December 31 — a phenomenon known as ‘Blue Moon’.

After midnight, as people ring in the New Year, there will also be a partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from Delhi. Officials say no equipment will be required to watch the partial lunar eclipse. Officials say normally a year has 12 full moons, but the 13th moon is a rare phenomenon. This month’s first full moon was on December 2.

C B Devgan, president of SPACE, which works towards science popularisation, says, “A second moon in one month happens because a full moon occurs every 29-and-a-half days, so there are extra days every year leading to an extra moon every two-three years.” But unlike meteor showers and solar eclipses that generate a lot of interest, no star gazing trips have been heard so far, officials said.

The saying ‘once in a blue moon’, is derived from this phenomenon after the second moon appeared blue from Indonesia due to a volcanic eruption in 1883. The gases from the eruption formed a film in the atmosphere that made the sunset look green and the moon blue. While blue moon occurs every 2 to 3 years, two blue moons in a year happen every 18 to 19 years. The last time India had a blue moon was in June, 2007. The next New Year’s eve full moon will be in 2028. (Indian Express)

  Comments - 0

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

Wanathawilluwa forest clearance: Whodunit?

Days after the Anawilundawa Ramsar Wetland, situated in Puttalam District, ma

‘I’m scared to see her face’

On August 13, a woman happened to meet a child who was in desperate need of h

Kidneys that whisper death

A flute version of Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’ was echoing from a distance

Burning Panamanian tanker leaves SL authorities gutted

Weeks after MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned bulk carrier, ran aground a coral r