Once in a blue moon

As I read the news this morning, the headlines are covered with all of the typical sensational stories.  I won’t list any of them here; just check out your favourite news source for the details.

But, there is another story.  Tonight, we’ll see a blue moon.  This is a real rarity and it’s based upon the fact that a lunar cycle is 29.5 days whereas our calendar has months that have different numbers of days in them.  So, from a purely mathematical point of view, every now and again, we will have two full moons in the same month.

Supposedly, if the sky is clear, we’ll see a really unique experience because earth is specially close to the sun for this event.  This could end up with a really beautiful moon.

So, let’s see if we can do something about it.  As you head out for New Years’ Eve events or, if you’re staying at home, step out with your camera or phone and snap a picture.  Share your picture on Twitter and use the hashtag #bluemoon09 and give a rough geographical explanation of where and when you were when you took the picture.  It will only take a second or two.

Following the hashtag tomorrow, if enough people participate, could be very interesting.

Have a Happy New Year.

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