Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year's Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse

New Year's Eve 2009 was a very special night. Watch the video or read on to see why...

I shot this with a lowly Sony Handycam, and was astounded that without even stretching it all the way to 40x zoom, it was able to do this. Our fancy Sky-Watcher telescope with a bazillion times magnification did a bit better, of course, but the moon kept sneaking out of the viewfinder within a matter of seconds.

Very occasionally, the lunar calendar and our sun-based calendar will fall our of sync, and two full moons  appear in the same month. The last time this happened was in 1990, and the next is predicted to occur in 2028. This rarity has caused the event to be associated with the term 'Blue Moon'.
We were doubly fortunate to witness a partial lunar eclipse that coincided with the blue moon, and the night could not have been more clear or more beautiful.

Happy New Year!

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