If you missed the full moon on December 2nd, keep your eyes open because December, 2009 offers two full moons.
I’m happy to say I didn’t miss the first one, although I did miss getting a photo of it. It has been cloudy here with rain and then snow. The full moon of December 2 is called The Cold Moon, Frost Moon, Long Night’s Moon. It has other names in different parts of the world.
The next full moon, called “The Blue Moon” will be on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2009.
According to Wikipedia, the term “Blue Moon” traditionally refers to an extra moon in a season. A Blue Moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular month by patters. Most years have twelve full moons, but in addition to the twelve full lunar cycles, each calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days. The extra days accumulate,so that every two to three years (average 2.71 years) there is an extra full moon called “The Blue Moon.”
It’s not too late to get a great view of the waning moon. On December 16th, a special day in this household, will bring (hopefully) a view of the new moon. And then, seeing the Blue Moon would be a perfect way to end the year 2009 and to begin Year 2010.