Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue moon.

I haven't been doing much since Christmas. You can blame a box set of 21 DVDs containing all of Laurel and Hardy's fine work. I'm not finished with them yet but I'm still humming 'Lonesome Pine'.

However, as Astrology Bites pointed out to me, this coming night is not only New Year's Eve, it's also a blue moon - the second full moon in a calendar month - and this one is on the last day of the year.

Calendars are a human construct with no real consequence to the natural world. The year could start at any point. We just call it 'New Year' on January 1st because that's where our calendar starts. Other calendars start on different days. The months, too, are arbirtary divisions of the year. They don't match with any celestial activity and there weren't always twelve.

So a blue moon on New Year's Eve, astronomically, has no meaning. It's just an interesting thing. There are no known paranormal connections, at least, there are none known to me. Astrologically, well, you'd have to ask Astrology Bites about that. It's not my field.

If you're wandering around the streets tonight, slurring 'happy new year' at people, cast an occasional glance skywards. That's the second full moon of December, and the last one of 2009. Or the first of 2010 depending on when you look.

There's also a partial lunar eclipse but I don't know where it's visible from. I'll have to look it up.

Added: Found something:

The year ends with a partial eclipse of the Moon. Starting at about 6.50 pm on New Year's Eve it will end around 9.30 pm as 8 per cent of the Moon is submerged in the Earth's shadow.

That's a UK newspaper so the times will be GMT.


Southern Writer said...

Nope. You're right. It was only interesting that it happened to occur on New Year's Eve. btw, I've deleted that blog. My attention is required elsewhere.

Romulus Crowe said...

I noticed you shut the blog. One day you'll be back. Blogging is a drug and you can never escape ;)

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