Blue moon lunar eclipse on December 31, 2009

Partial Lunar Eclipse

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.


17 thoughts on “Blue moon lunar eclipse on December 31, 2009

  1. It is interesting as I did not know there was going to be a blue moon lunar eclipse, though I have been feeling rather emotionally expressive and creative and have been feeling my being revelate more these last few weeks, especially in going up to the New Year. I have also been feeling a little bit frustrated with others, which is not really like me, but the fields of energy which I have been feeling, feel rather more directed and elevated. It’s amazing how connected we are with the moon, and yet we distract ourselfs from it.
    At the moment eliminating all material posessions as they are not of use, and for the last couple of months have been freer in my creativity and artistic skills. So letting that pull through is bringing in more light and positivity.

    Blessings to you.

  2. This “Super Moon” (closer than most to the Earth) is opposite the Sun in the 10th degree of Capricorn . To creat an eclipse the moon needs to be in direct opposition of the Sun. So the Moon is in Cancer (10th degree), not Gemini as you stated. Check out any astrological site to find this fact. Cancer is a water sign, so energies are emotional and intuitive in nature. Capricorn is the authoritarian sign of structure. Mercury, Venus and Pluto are also lined up in Capricorn. Thus bringing focus to our financial emotional attachments.

  3. I’ve gotta support my blue moonies. Say 2028 is a long way off! Where I live it was peaceful. The Farmers Almanac reported about a month ago that the Blue Moon traditionally features high tides and strong winds for coastal areas. Have you received any reports yet from folks in those parts? I have family who live on the coast of New England and I’ll be happy to provide you an update.

    BTW, I’m an eclipsey! Nice blog and I’ll be back!

  4. Every time blue moon concides with New Year’s Eve, there is a lunar eclipse (due to Metonic series). And a spectacular lunar eclipse like this will be on December 31, 2810. It is a central eclipse (totalitty lasts 104 minutes) and will be the LONGEST lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve in five milleniums, from -2000 to 3000.

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