Once in a Blue Moon…

Perth, 31st December 2009

If you look up to the sky tonight when you make your resolutions for the new year, you will note a rare event; it is a full moon on New Year’s Eve, at least in this part of the world. Not only that …it is the second full moon of the month, the previous one having occurred earlier this month on the 2nd December. A second full moon in a month is called a “Blue Moon”. Two full moons in a calendar month only happen every 2-3 year and it happening on the last day of the year is an even rarer event. Hence the saying …”once in a Blue Moon”… It is not clear why it is called “blue” as it is not physically blue, but some explanations go back to the Middle Ages when the event was called Belewe Moon  or “betrayer” moon (Belewe being old English for “Blue” as well as for “Betrayer” according to Wikipedia).  It is also believed that in some occasions dust and particles in the air created a blue halo of light.

In terms of lighting the moon is a metaphor for reflections as it reflects light from the biggest and brightest light source we know…the sun. With this year and the first decade of the new century coming to an end today (gosh, did that go fly past…!) it is a good time to reflect on the year that was and make our resolutions for the year and possibly the decade to come.

I truly wish that all your resolutions (both private as well as professionally) for the New Year will come through as you envisage them and that they will not happen only once in a Blue Moon!  🙂

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve where ever you are with your family or friends with some spectacular fireworks perhaps!  Cheers to a fantastic new lighting year in 2010!

31. December 2009 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: lighting and culture | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. It was big round full moon on 2nd Jan in Singapore. It was low and blurry and made the moon looked rather enchanting

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