December 29, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Once in a blue moon there actually is a blue moon on New Year's Eve.
There'll be a so-called blue moon around for the New Year's countdown on Thursday.
According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don't expect it to be blue -- the name has nothing to do with its color.
This month's first full moon occurred on Dec. 2. On New Year's Eve, a full moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa.
For purists, however, a blue moon is an extra full moon in a typical three-moon season. So this New Year's Eve full moon doesn't count.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.