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Moonstruck – by a Blue Moon

On december 31, 2009 we experienced a Blue Moon. The next time New Year’s Eve will fall on a Blue Moon is 2028.

Exploring a Fantasy — When New Year’s fell on a Blue Moon and coincided with a partial lunar eclipse in most parts of the world, strange things can happen. Inspired by these events, and on the eve of a new year, I decided to construct a make believe fantasy.

Employing some unusual images, HDR photography and highly crafted software renditions, I set myself to create a surreal photo-montage of eerie views that could be seen from different parts of the world. Since the eclipse was not visible in the U.S. I had to contrive a way to show it. Artistic license was excercised heavily…

Elements Used in this Production:

  • Photographs, all @ Flickr.com:
  • “LupineHorror”
  • Dick Bulch
  • “Oneeighteen” Louis Vest
  • Werner Kunz
  • Leo Bar

Space photographs courtesy of NASA

Fractal (Chaoscope) and Art images (Paint.NET) by Leo Bar

Music La valle des cloches by M. Ravel, Piano – Felipe Sarro
You may see this video @ :: http://www.vimeo.com/8928733


Pix In Motion by Leo Bar

Creative Imagining

Background and Additional Information:

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 moon is called a “blue moon.” Different definitions place the “extra” moon at different times. In calculating the dates for Lent and Easter, the Clergy identify the Lent Moon. It is thought that historically when the moon’s timing was too early, they named an earlier moon as a “betrayer moon” (belewe moon), thus the Lent moon came at its expected time.

Folklore gave each moon a name according to its time of year. A moon which came too early had no folk name – and was called a blue moon – bringing the correct seasonal timings for future moons.

The Farmers’ Almanac defined blue moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season; one season was normally three full moons. If a season had four full moons, then the third full moon was named a blue moon.

Recent popular usage defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a calendar month, stemming from an interpretation error made in 1946 that was discovered in 1999.
For example, December 31, 2009 was a blue moon according to this usage..
Lunar and Future Events

=====> Blue moons between 2009 and 2016:
The following blue moons will occur between 2009 and 2016. These dates use UTC as the timezone; months will vary with different timezones.
Using the Farmers’ Almanac definition of blue moon blue moons will occur:
November 21, 2010
August 21, 2013
May 21, 2016

=====> Two full moons in one month:
2009: December 2; December 31 (with a partial lunar eclipse in parts of the world)
2012: August 2, August 31
2015: July 2, July 31