Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once in a proverbial blue moon

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Here in Israel we saw a partial lunar eclipse tonight!

Once in a blue moon, as the saying goes, there are two full moons in the same calendar month. That happens every two and a half years.
A blue moon on New Year's Eve is much rarer. It last happened in 1990.
But even more rare is the partial lunar eclipse that accompanies a blue moon, like tonight.

The moon was disappearing behind fast-blowing clouds. You had to be fast to snap a few shots.
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It was a beautiful scene, a wondrous way to welcome a new civil year.
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Happy new year to all the friends at SkyWatch and all the friends around the world.
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21 comments:

susieofarabia said...

Awesome moon shots, Dina! Wishing you all the best and much peace in the coming year from Saudi Arabia!

Dina said...

Ahalan Susie of Arabia! Your wishes are very dear to me. May we all have personal inner peace and peace in and between our countries.

Regina said...

Amazing!

Happy New Year!! All the best!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy New Year from Australia Dina
You know it isn't a Blue Moon here as it was already January. We'll have ours at the end of the month. Although it certainly is a very bright moon!!
Best wishes fro 2010 . Julie

Dimple said...

Great shots! Good thing you're fast with the shutter!
Happy New Year, Dina!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome captures. I wish you all the best in 2010. Happy New Years to you and yours.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

great moon captures dina. and the info is something that i did not know. wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Kay said...

How cool is that!!! Now that's what I call a rare happening. Does it foretell something for the new year?

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

You captured that lunar shot nicely, Dina. That is hard to do. A fabulous way to start skywatch Friday! Happy New Year, at least the new year on the Gregorian, secular calendar! Let's hope for a more peaceful 2010! Keep digging, literally and metaphorically and sharing your treasures with the world. You are a tremendous asset to the City Daily Photo community.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Great photos
Happy New Year

Leif Hagen said...

Great MOON shots! I still haven't managed to take a decent moon photo! All the best as we cross over the line into 2010!

Evelyn Howard said...

Fabulous capture!
Happy New Year.

Sylvia Bolm said...

A happy new year to you from the northern part of Germany. I am
looking for the first time in your blog an I find it very interesting, in particular the photos and the text of the moon. In future I will read the blog regular - all the best - Sylvia

Eaglesbrother said...

Good captures.

Have a happy and safe New Year.

RuneE said...

I saw the moon too and tried some shots of it. I was a trifle hazy, but I'll see if I can post one later.

Vogon Poet said...

Yesterday I failed to see (and to photograph) a blue moon, the rain was awful here this New Year's Eve.

RuneE said...

Re your commet: You were quite right - I hope...

Pietro said...

When I see the moon I think of the sun shining there in the completely black sky. And on the moon we weigh less! ;-)

Gallow said...

I like the second photo with the clouds. Great shot. I had hoped to take some here as well, but the sky was overcast as it is much of the winter here in upstate New York.

Happy New Year to you.

Angie Muresan said...

That is an amazing site to see! We had clouds and a light drizzle, unfortunately. Happy 2010 to you!

rinzo said...

nice entry.. God bless