New Year's Eve Blue Moon Eclipse

On December 31st, we will see the second full moon of the month, or the 13th full moon of the year. These rare occasions are called a blue moon, as in "once in a blue moon". But that's not the only thing special about New Year's Eve this year. There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on the 31st (visible in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia)!
Only a very small portion of the Moon's southern limb will be in the Earth's umbral shadow, but there will be a noticeable darkening visible over the Moon's face at the point of greatest eclipse. Need more? Then know this eclipse is the one of four lunar eclipses in a short-lived series. The lunar year series repeats after 12 lunations or 354 days. Afterwards it will begin shifting back about 10 days in sequential years. Because of the date change, the Earth's shadow will be about 11 degrees west in sequential events.

For the eclipse, the duration of the partial phase will last within two seconds of a hour long, while the penumbral duration from beginning to end will run about four hours and eleven minutes. Penumbral contact will begin at 17:17:08 UT and umbral contact at 18:52:43 UT. The moment of greatest depth of shadow will occur at 19:22:39 UT, 31 December 2009.

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(image credit: Kostian Iftica)

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However you would like to refer to the full moon on New Year's EVE, it was beautiful. I saw the partial eclipse as well and it was incredible. I was able to see it all clearly in the dark, star-filled sky of Iraq. Happy New Year!
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i may not get to see the eclipse but this will be my first time seeing a blue moon, btw if where ever you are and its a clear night sky you can see a ring around the moon
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I recently read an exhaustive article about blue moons. Unfortunately, as stated by a previously by somebody else, a month with 2 full moons isn't a blue moon, despite popular belief. Oh well.
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@Risa,

If you stop to think about what you just wrote, you'll realize that the full moon New Year's Eve is the FIRST full moon of the season. The season began on the winter solstice, about a week ago. So by your definition, this is not a blue moon either.
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From what I was taught--The blue moon is the 4th moon in a season which will translate into the second full moon in a month--think about it. 3 months to s season and 4 full moons...so its actually arguing semantics. I remember the blue moon a couple of years ago fell very close to Halloween...
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