31 December 2009
Full moon, Blue Moon, last eclipse of 2009 ... all tonight!
"On this last night of the year, nearly everyone worldwide will see the full moon all night long. The only exception will be Antarctica, where there’s a midnight sun now and no moon at all. The full moon will rise around sunset on this New Year’s Eve, climb highest in the sky around midnight, and will set around sunrise on the first day of 2010. For the Americas, Europe, Africa, and far-western Asia, tonight’s moon carries the name Blue Moon. For Earth’s eastern hemisphere, centering on India, there will be a very small partial lunar eclipse, with the moon just skimming Earth’s shadow."
Read the rest from Earth & Sky here.