A once in a blue moon chance for a New Year’s Eve celebration with a difference.
A new website has been launched to encourage New Year’s Eve revellers to take time out from their celebrations this year to take part in a once in a blue moon opportunity.
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. It is also the year of a blue moon. A blue moon, by modern definitions, is the second full moon in a calendar month. For a blue moon to fall on the last day of such a celebratory year is a once in a lifetime event.
The website is part of a campaign by Rob Self-Pierson, a writer and moonwalker, to draw attention to the pastime of moonwalking, or rambling by moonlight.
“I’ve spent 2009 travelling Britain and walking by the light of the full moon. It’s been a life-altering experience and I’ve learnt so much about our country and the beautiful moon that lives above us.
“I’ve launched www.bluemoonwalk.org because I want to show people that we can all enjoy the moon and stars without expensive telescopes or a detailed knowledge of the solar system. We just need to be aware
of nature’s treats all around us.”
Rob, whose 2009 travels have taken him from a night alone in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall to a charity powerwalk in a bra with 30,000 women in Edinburgh, insists that a moonwalk is the perfect way to see in the new decade. “Instead of watching drunk people and bad television, I’m encouraging everyone to do something a bit different. Wrap up warm, go outside and go for a bluemoonwalk. I’ll be collating stories and photos from other moonwalkers on the website in January.”