Staff Reporter

It will begin at 10.45 p.m. (IST)

HYDERABAD: End of 2009 and beginning of 2010 are going to be significant in terms of astronomy.

A ‘Blue Moon’, used off-hand in many expressions, is going to occur in the month-end, on December 31, according to a press note from the B.M. Birla Science Centre on Monday.

When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is known as ‘Blue Moon’, and the phenomenon is very rare, the press note informed.

Interestingly, the ‘Blue Moon’ will also be accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse, visible from any place in India. The eclipse will begin at 10.45 p.m.(IST), though the darkening of the moon will start only 22 minutes after midnight.

The eclipse will peak 30 minutes later, yet covering only a small portion of the moon. It will be over at 1.24 a.m. on January 1. However, the moon will continue to be in the region of partial shadow up to 3 a.m., the press note informed, while debunking all the superstitions associated with the eclipse.