Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Once in a blue moon

Well, it isn't a blue moon (technically the second full moon to occur in any given month), but it is the first full lunar eclipse to occur on winter solstice in 456 years.

My eyes have seen a sight that has not been seen since 1554. Wow.

The most recent eclipse during a blue moon (by the "second full moon in a calendar month" definition) occurred on 31 December 1999.

The most recent blue moon by the "third full moon during a season" definition occurred last month, on 21 November. And the most recent black moon, defined as the new moon in a month with no full moon, occurred during February 2010.

For a list of names different cultures have assigned the various full moons during the year, you can go to the Wikipedia article on the Full Moon.

1 comment:

  1. I was so bummed that it was pouring rain here in Southern California during the eclipse on the Solstice. I would have loved to have seen it!

    I'm enjoying your blog - I am still in the process of cleaning out my house and have gotten rid of about 75 boxes of stuff. I even got rid of our family filing cabinet! I shredded most of it, and now have a tiny box of important active files, and anything that needs to be kept for the long-term is in another archival box in a closet. Keep up the good work!