Blue Moon


Some media reported that we had a blue moon – a second blue moon in a calendar month – in December.

 But the ODT contacted Dunedin Astronomical Society president Peter Jaquiery who said while that was the case in some parts of the world it wasn’t in New Zealand.

“There is a trap,” Mr Jaquiery said.

Astronomers work in Greenwich Mean Time.

But the different time zones for New Zealand meant by the time the full moon occurred, New Zealand would have slipped into a new day, and in this case, a new month and a new year.

That means we’ll get a blue moon at the end of this month and this morning, the first moon of the month was almost pink.

January 2 in history


On January 2:

1492  Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrendered.

La rendición de Granada (1882) by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz.
1818 The British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded.
1860  The discovery of the planet Vulcan was announced at a meeting of the Académie des Sciences in Paris. 

1871 Amadeus I became King of Spain.

1873 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun, was born.

 1938 The first official New Zealand airmail to the United States departed Auckland for San Francisco aboard Pan American Airline’s Samoan Clipper, a Sikorsky S-42B flying boat was piloted by Captain Ed Musick.

First official airmail flight to San Francisco
1947 David Shapiro, American poet, literary critic, and art historian, was born.
1949 Luis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico

1955  Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon was assassinated.

1959  Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, was launched by the U.S.S.R.

Luna 1

1967 Francois Pienaar, South African rugby player, Sprinbok, was born.

P1010921 FP.jpg

  • 1971 – The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a RangersCeltic football match.
  •  Memorial at Ibrox

    1974  President Richard Nixon signed a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.

    1975  Reuben Thorne, New Zealand All Black, was born.

    1999  A brutal snowstorm hit the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunged to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths were reported

    2001 Sila Calderón became the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.

  • 2002Eduardo Duhalde was appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
  • Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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