Something that only occurs once every 19 years will light up the sky Thursday night as we ring in the new year. When you make those New Years resolutions know you will be doing so under a rare Blue Moon.
Blue Moons are actually the 2nd full moon in a month and happen more often that every 19 years. Full moons occur every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month – a Blue Moon – occurs every 2.5 years. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. It is in fact the New Year’s Eve Blue Moons that are more rare, occuring every 19 years.
Additionally the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s eve when part of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. Unfortunately the eclipse will not be visible in the America’s.
Just thought you might find this as interesting as I do!