Friday, January 1, 2010

Full Blue Moon with Solar Eclipse on Dec 31/Jan 1

I wonder if this is auspicious. We are starting the new year with two full moons in January - a full blue moon and a solar eclipse to boot. In Asia, this can be viewed tonight, Jan 1.

Depending on where you live worldwide, the full moon will fall on either December 31, 2009, or January 1, 2010. The full moon falls on December 31 in the Americas, Europe and Africa and is a Blue Moon, or the second full moon in December.

For New Zealand, Australia and most of Asia the full moon will fall on January 1. For that part of the globe, January of 2010 will have two full moons – and the second full moon in January will be their full moon. In the Americas, it is the first of two full moons to occur in December 2009. The full Blue Moon will occur at 19h13 Universtal Time (GMT).

Tonight’s moon will be out all night long, lighting up the nighttime from dusk till dawn. The big full moon will rise around sunset, climb up highest in the sky around midnight, and will set tomorrow around sunrise. As seen from the northern hemisphere, the moon will follow the lofty path of the June sun across the sky tonight. In the southern hemisphere, the moon will lurk close to the horizon, like the winter sun.

This will be the 13th Full Moon of 2009.
It’s a Blue Full Moon the same night it turns a new decade.
The next Blue Moon NYE will be in 29 years on December 31, 2028.



  1. and that is really what we called once in a blue moon eih?? haha :)

  2. Well...let's look at it in the bright side I guess. :p

  3. Right on, SK!

    Tekkaus, absolutely! The bright side is always the better side, eh?