Partial Lunar Eclipse photographed in Switzerland on December 31, 2009 (Photo by Kedar Misani) - A short video is available here.
It was a Full Moon on New Year’s Eve 2009 and it was also a Blue Moon. (A Blue Moon is the 2nd Full moon in a single calendar month – on 2nd and 31st December 2009). This was the 13th Full Moon of 2009. The same night to a new decade begins. The next Blue Moon NYE will be on December 31, 2028.
This minor partial lunar eclipse takes place in Gemini, and is visible primarily from the Eastern Hemisphere. The origin of the term “blue moon” is steeped in folklore, and its meaning has changed and acquired new nuances over time. Some folktales say that when there is a full blue moon, the moon had a face and talked to those in its light. This year has been designated International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations to highlight 400 years of astronomy since 1609 when Galileo first viewed the heavens with a telescope. It was also 400 years ago when Galileo turned his telescope toward the moon and discovered that the moon “is uneven, rough and full of cavities and prominences.” As it is widely known, we tend to be more emotionally expressive during a Full Moon. This emotional and sometimes unstable environment occurs because there is change in the electromagnetic energy that affects us mentally and neurologically. There will be some stress as blockages will begin to crumble and then there will be a feeling of freedom. The good news is that creative and artistic qualities will be discovered as you let go of beliefs that don’t correspond with your current reality! As many spiritual fugures expect, this is the most important New Years Eve we have ever been gifted in a long time. It asks us to ‘flash forward’ into the next 2 years to see what we can see. No matter how much you do not believe prophecy from time and earth, it will still affect your energy field and your choices.
The first penumbral contact occured at 18:17:08 CET. The ecliptic conjunction occured at about 20:12:45 CET and greatest eclipse took place at 20:22:39 CET when the eclipse magnitude was reached 0.0763. The eclipse ended at about 22:28:11 CET. It was only a partial eclipse, but was beautifully visible all over Europe.