New Year Blue Moon by Kimberly Chadwick

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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 1999.1 For example, December 31, 2009 was a blue moon according to this usage.

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  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 5 years ago

    Really good capture, Kimberly! I’d heard about this blue moon but not seen it!! Happy New Year!

  • It was an awesome sight, Happy New Year to you as well! Thanks!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    Great shot, & thanks for putting up a good overview of the vagaries of blue moon definitions. You probably ran into the old anti-church line that had people complaining that if the church told them the moon was blue, they’d have to believe it, followed closely (both these in the mid-16th century) by ‘so they say the moon is made of green cheese….’ Now all you need is that Big Hawk (any one will do) flying across this!

  • That would mean I would have to learn Photo shop and I have no talent for that…lol. I thought the definition would be helpful to most. Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image Kimberly!!

  • Thanks Marvin, of course I am thrilled to have your comments!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • akaurora
    akauroraabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot of the Blue Moon!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thanks guys! I am glad you think so!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkeralmost 5 years ago

    Marvelous shot!!!

  • Thank you so very much Leon~ for you visit and comment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Aleksandra Misic
    Aleksandra Misicalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly :))

  • I appreciate that very much ~ Thanks!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so very much, it is an honor to be recognized!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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