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Old 12-30-2009, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Blue Moon New Year's Eve Plans

So what's everybody doing for NYE? It's also the first blue moon since NYE 1990 - the next one isn't until 2028.

Our band is going to jam all night long and have a good time What are you doing?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/1...ion=cnn_latest

CNN) -- It happens only once in a blue moon -- and scientists say a blue moon is exactly what we'll see in the skies this New Year's Eve.

Don't expect an azure glow over our lunar satellite, however. The term "blue moon" simply refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, something that hasn't happened on a New Year's Eve for nearly 20 years, NASA says.

"December 1990 ended with a blue moon, and many New Year's Eve parties were themed by the event," said Professor Philip Hisc o c k of the department of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada. "It was a lot of fun."

Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2 years, NASA says.

But a blue moon on December 31 is rare.

MOON MONIKERS
The Farmers' Almanac lists these Algonquin Indian names for the full moon of each month:

January: Wolf Moon
February: Snow Moon
March: Worm Moon
April: Pink Moon
May: Flower Moon
June: Strawberry Moon
July: Buck Moon
August: Sturgeon Moon
September: Corn Moon
October: Harvest Moon
November: Beaver Moon
December: Cold Moon
Source: www.farmersalmanac.com


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Elvis Presley crooned about it when he sang the old Rodgers and Hart song "Blue Moon," in which he stood alone without a dream in his heart or a love of his own.

He struck a more hopeful tone in another tune, singing about his love returning to his arms "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." He also covered Bill Monroe's bluegrass classic, "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

It is possible for the moon to have a cerulean hue, NASA says, but that's sometimes caused by fine dirt circulating in the Earth's atmosphere or the dark blue tone of the sky.

A blue moon hasn't always meant the second full moon in a month. Hundreds of years ago, it simply meant "never" or "absurd," His**** said.

"The phrase 'blue moon' has been around a long time, well over 400 years, but during that time its meaning has shifted," he said. "I have counted six different meanings which have been carried by the term, and at least four of them are still current today. That makes discussion of the term a little complicated."

When the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it put so much dust in the atmosphere that the moon actually appeared blue -- an event so unusual that the term "once in a blue moon" was coined, according to NASA's National Space Science Data Center. The effect lasted for almost two years, His**** said.

Full moons used to have 12 names, one for each month, such as "harvest moon," NASA said. The term "blue moon" referred to the 13th full moon in a year.

The term acquired its current meaning in the 1940s, after the Farmer's Almanac of Maine offered an astronomical definition of a blue moon "so convoluted that even professional astronomers struggled to understand it," NASA wrote on its Web site.

A writer at Sky and Telescope magazine in the late 1940s tried to explain the almanac's definition by saying it referred to the second full moon in a month.

"That was not correct, but at least it could be understood," NASA wrote. "And thus the modern blue moon was born."

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:05 AM   #2
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Guess I am baby sitting for the neighbors. Besides New Years Eve is Amatuer Night at the bars and parties.
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Hm, I think I might toast to the occasion with a Blue Moon of my own.
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I was supposed to babysit my grandsons but my daughter and her hubby decided not to go out tonight. I don't do New Years Eve anymore, as I much prefer the safety of my own home when the drunks hit the highways.

For those going out - have a great time!
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I think I will stay home and have a couple of Beers and bring the new year in.
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My New Year's Eve itinerary

- Go to mall and get refund
- Meet friend at Panera Bread for lunch
- Go bowling
- Eat dinner at Shane's Rib Shack
- Play laser tag
- Ring in the new year (decade)
- Go home
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Guess I am baby sitting for the neighbors. Besides New Years Eve is Amatuer Night at the bars and parties.
NYE is for younger folks. Enjoy the heck out of yourselves you people and land safely.

We'll look forward to the "stories" over the next several days. Pics are welcome.
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I think I will stay home and have a couple of Beers and bring the new year in.

Yup...that's for me too...Happy New Year all!
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Definitely not going out with the crazies tonight. Had enough of that in the past.

Got a chilled bottle of champagne, some strawberries, some vanilla candles, one sleeping child, a good movie and a lot of snuggling in store for me tonight.
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Hm, I think I might toast to the occasion with a Blue Moon of my own.
actually, that sounded so good i just picked up a 6 pack of the new winter brew myself.

we're going to a family party tonight. beer, patron, jello shots and lots of home cooked mexican food is on the menu. sounds pukealicious!

but unlike christmas eve, im staying away from any posole or menudo this time. having food poisoning last saturday, just the thought of eating intestine makes me wanna yak right now.
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