`Blue Moon` eclipse on Dec 31
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 00:02
  
Hyderabad: The year 2009 ends in a "Blue Moon". December has two full moons, the first on Decebmer 2nd and second full moon will take place on December 31.

On December 31, the last day of the year, there will be a partial eclipse of the moon which will be visible from all over India. A small portion of the moon will be darkened.

Technically, the eclipse begins at 22 hours 45 minutes (IST), but for practical purposes the darkening begins 22 minutes after midnight, Dr B G Sidharth, Director, B M Birla Science Centre said in a release here today.

He said that this phenomenon, when two full moons take place within the same month, is not common and when it does happen, the second full moon of the month is called "Blue Moon".

The maximum of the eclipose is reached at 53 minutes past midnight. Even at this time, only a small portion of the moon would appear darkened, he said adding that the eclipse then decreases and is over at 24 minutes past 1 'o' clock of the January, 1.

However, the moon continues to be in the region of partial shadow, which is not a significant sight, till 3.00 am on January 1. There are no precautions to be taken for viewing this eclipse. Similary the belief that one should not move out or eat food during an eclipse has no sceintific bases, he said in the release.

-PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 00:02


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