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Nov 30, 2009 12:51 PM by Steve Adamson

Blue moon on the way

As we head into December, we'll be treated to one of those months where we get two full moons instead of the usual one.

The regular full moon will occur on Dec. 1, at 11:31 p.m. PST. The second full moon, called the "blue moon" because of its relatively infrequent occurrences, (last one here was May 2007 in the Pacific Time Zone) will happen on Dec. 31, reaching total fullness at 11:14 a.m. PST.

There have been a few very rare occasions where the blue moons actually took on a blue appearance in color. This has happened when there has been excessive dust or smoke particles in the air from either volcanic eruptions or large forest fires burning around the time of the full moon. The dust and smoke particles can cause light rays to bend and scatter in such a way where a bluish color is possible.

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