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Blue Moon

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 1 January 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A blue moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days compared to the lunar year. The extra days accumulate, so that every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon. The extra full moon is referred to as a "blue moon."

Compare the moon's position from last night with its position on July 4, 2009. Both shots were captured from approximately the same spot....somewhere on my front porch. :-)

Happy New Year!

Photo taken December 31, 2009

SONY DSLR-A300 1/1250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 630 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Michael Rawluk from Canada

A super way to kick off the New Year.

1 Jan 2010 5:07am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Excellent! I appreciate the comparison back to your July post.
It was too cloudy here for an attempt, I'm so glad you captured it.
Happy 2010!

1 Jan 2010 5:49am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Bravo! A very Happy Blue Moon New Year to you!

1 Jan 2010 5:59am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very nice.

1 Jan 2010 6:26am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Hello Steven, great photo and bravos!

1 Jan 2010 9:47am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow, amazing photo Steven! Happy 2010, I look forward to seeing your images during the year!

1 Jan 2010 1:36pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A super start to the new decade Steve, Happy New Year.

1 Jan 2010 2:09pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United States

Yes, I'd heard this mentioned somewhere and had never known the origins of tat old phrase . . amazing detail in this.
All the Best for 2010, Steven.

1 Jan 2010 3:19pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super, Bravo :))) What a cool details :))

1 Jan 2010 3:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

I excellent. (I also took moon shots on Dec. 30.)

1 Jan 2010 4:17pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A great start into the new year! Happy New Year, Steven!

1 Jan 2010 7:20pm

Hoda Rashedi from Tehran, Iran

Really Nice...Full of detail...Now..What do you think about my moon?
http://hoda.aminus3.com/image/2009-01-17.html

1 Jan 2010 8:05pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Isn't it great how the same celestial body can look so different even from month to month! I love when the moon gets really big, orange and hazy. The blood moon? This blue moon though makes me want to sing ;) Bluueee moonnn.. Excellent detail Steven!

1 Jan 2010 8:16pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Nice photo and explanations!

1 Jan 2010 10:00pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very fine shot! Have a wonderful 2010!

1 Jan 2010 10:00pm

Charlie from Bristol, United Kingdom

interesting description, thanks very much. happy new year to you

1 Jan 2010 11:21pm

Denise from Duncannon, United States

Happy NEw YEar to you and yours!

2 Jan 2010 2:08am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Awesome shot with wonderful detail!

2 Jan 2010 3:15am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

Fantastic capture!!

2 Jan 2010 1:05pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very beautiful shot.
Happy New Year

2 Jan 2010 1:17pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON!!!! :) a perfect post for the the start of a new year -- BLUE-tifully done Steven!!! :)

4 Jan 2010 12:01pm