**"The Year's End"**

What does that mean? Is it over? Is it past? Are we about to see its backside? I couldn't let the end of the year go by without a posting about the parts and pieces - the context of a

**.**

*year*The millenium, century, decade and year fit together. Then months, moon, days of the month, days of the week and hours, minutes and seconds.

**DECADE**

A

*belongs to a decade. We usually say a decade starts in a*

**year***ending in zero and it ends in a year ending in 9. So a decade could be 2000-2009. This is the last*

**year***of the decade using this counting process.*

**year**We can also use the term

*decade*to refer to any group of ten

*, such as "*

**years***in the last decade of his life ...*"

**MONTHS**

This

*(2009) had twelve months of various lengths totaling 365 days. February had 28 days.*

**year****MOONS**

There are 12.37 full moons in a

*, to be precise. This*

**year***we have a*

**year****blue moon**at the end because there are 4 moons in the last quarter of 2009 (

**blue moons**occur every 2.7 years). Here's a picture of the the third full moon of the final quarter of the

*I took this 29 days ago, facing west, at about 4 in the morning.*

**year.**Here's the blue moon. It doesn't look all that blue! But it is turned around a bit. I took this shot facing east at about 6 pm December 30th. I didn't know the view of the moon flipped overnight, did you?

**DAYS**

*contains three hundred sixty-five days of 24 hours length. How many hours is that? No calculator is needed for this - let's use our our heads or a pencil:*

**year**So 365 x 24 =

five times 24 = 120

six times 24 = 144 plus a zero

three times 24 = 72 plus two zeros

Easy. Line these products up, then add them.

120

1440

7200

for a total of ?**HOURS**

8760 is the total hours in a normal

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**year****MINUTES**

Multiply by 60 to get the minutes in a normal

*= 525,600*

**year****SECONDS**

Multiply by 60 again to get the seconds in a normal

*= 31,536,000*

**year****HOLIDAYS**

If you lived near Washington, D.C. you might also have gotten a holiday on Inauguration Day.

Thursday, January 1 | New Year’s Day |

Monday, January 19 | Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. |

Monday, February 16 | Washington’s (or President's) Birthday |

Monday, May 25 | Memorial Day |

Friday, July 3 | Independence Day |

Monday, September 7 | Labor Day |

Monday, October 12 | Columbus Day |

Wednesday, November 11 | Veterans Day |

Thursday, November 26 | Thanksgiving Day |

Friday, December 25 | Christmas Day |

States and local regions might have extra holidays - such as Festivus.

**SPECIAL DAYS**

*contain special days - weddings, special birthdays, funerals, vacations - most of us will remember 2009 because something special happened to us or our families.*

**Years**Well, here's to the end of these 31 million seconds!

A typical New Year's Eve photo from San Diego.