New Year's Eve blue moon

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Blue moon over Manhattan

I admit it, I also thought it had something to do with the moon turning blue. That's not even close. Here's an explanation of the expression "blue moon" and why it happens on New Year's eve:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Once in a blue moon there is
one on New Year's Eve. Revelers ringing in 2010 will be treated to a
so-called blue moon. 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 the color of our closest celestial neighbor.

A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year's countdown.

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