When was the full moon in the night of New Year’s Eve?

Today is the last day of 2012 and we asked ourselves when there has been or will be a full moon in the past or the future at the turn of the year. What a fascinating picture, if you are imagining also the full moon next to the firework welcoming the New Year. The spectacle of humans meets the eternal beauty of the universe …

In 2009, it was the last time full moon at the turn of the year (meaning New Year’s Eve) in Central Europe: in BERLIN for example, on 31.12.2009 at 08:12:36 pm. Even closer were the people in MOSCOW (full moon on 31.12.2009 at 10:12:36 pm) or on the MALDIVES (full moon on 01.01.2010 at 12:12:36 am).

A similar situation arose in 1990 (full moon in BERLIN on 31.12.1990 at 07:35:12 pm and further east in DELHI only 5 minutes past midnight: 01.01.1991 at 12:05:12 am) and in 1971 (full moon in BERLIN on 31.12.1971 at 09:19:30 pm and close again to midnight in MOSCOW at 11:19:30 pm).

The fact that the full moon shone as well on a New Year’s Eve in 1933 in Germany (in BERLIN on 31.12.1933 at 09:53:54 pm), had surely nothing to do with the sinister events, which were taking place at the time on Earth …

The look ahead into the future is certainly filled with light. We will strike it rich in USA in 2047: next to LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO, a city that is predistined will have its full moon: LAS VEGAS.

The full moon will take place there on 31.12.2047 at 10:57:12 pm, only just about one hour before the »Happy New Year 2048«. This should be quite a unique spectacle on a most probable cloudless night sky – you should start booking your tickets now ;-)

We would like to wish all readers a good start into a new and wonderful 2013. May your dreams come true!

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  • On such dates, knowing the time of the moonset on “the day of the full moon” is more germane than the exact timing of the full moon. Could it be possibe to include the local moonrise and moonset times into your full moon memos?
    Happy NY!

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