Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Once in an Ultramarine Moon

Blue Moon over AnchorageFirst it was New Year's eve then it happened to be a full moon which is rarer still. Then on top of that it was a blue moon which happens every 2.7 years but as a final thrill for the last day of the decade we also happened to have a lunar eclipse--at least here in Anchorage. It's not just a blue moon, it's an ultramarine moon.

The next time we'll have a second December full moon falling on New Year's eve will be 2028 but who knows when everything will again align to also bring a blue eclipse? I'm taking it as a very good omen for the coming ten years.

Blue MoonThe kids and I drove up on the hillside to see the eclipse which was supposed to be at its zenith at 10:38 am but which, because of the dawn, was easier to see at 9:50. I thought they'd get bored, just sitting in the van, watching the moon and listening to Owl City cycle through the radio every ten minutes but they seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.

Blue Moon over Anchorage
Here's to a great decade.

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19 comments:

branda50 said...

WOW...I love to see things like this...I would set the alarm to wake up or my neighbor and I call each other if we see "sightings" as we call them...Rainbows etc..
Love the pictures..

Sai @BloggerStop said...

Wow Awesome pictures!
I felt the same for that day, but didn't took pictures at the time of eclipse in fact got it a bit early at 8.30 (As we are not allowed to see moon at that the time of eclipse....superstitiuous u see :))

Shannon said...

Wonderful! All we saw in Frankfurt was clouds.

Flea said...

Here's to a great decade. :)

jacjewelry said...

Stunning pictures! I'll bet the view was even prettier in person.

Nate and Stacia said...

Way cool! I'm sad we weren't there to see it!

Chris said...

Really beautiful!

Heart2Heart said...

Michelle,

I too, hold onto your faith that this is a good sign that this year will bring bounty and goodness where there hasn't been for some time.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

CountessLaurie said...

What a lovely spot and a beautiful moon! Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

cndymkr / jean said...

Isn't that amazing! The photos are fantastic. Thanks.

Carina said...

I love those once in a lifetime moments! I don't know about the whole good omen, thing. It looks a little freaky to me!

chelle said...

so cool. it is awesome that the kids totally got into the moment too.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Lovely pictures!

It was cloudy here, but I was happy to have such an auspicious moon on my birthday. :)

PR agency said...

Lunar eclipse is a phonomenon I would like to see among these years~The picture of moon is very beautiful.I like it!!!Thanks for sharing.

Cathi said...

Oh my Michelle!
Those photos are absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing. What kind of camera do you use?

Jackie @ Lilolu said...

That is just incredible. Beautiful!

Nanette said...

What beautiful pictures. It made me feel like I was right there with you. It is neat that your kids appreciated it as well.

Lisa said...

Love the pictures! Our moon was SO bright! The trees glistened and you could see the bottom of the pool! It was so amazing!

Sonja said...

Wonderful pictures! Now I'm wishing we made the effort to see such a memorable sight.