Sydney New Year Fireworks Display

Posted on Fri 01/01/2010 by


New Years has come and gone here in Australia. Each year the Capital Cities have major fireworks displays, and each year they try to outdo what was seen the year before. Sydney, the largest city in Australia has the largest display, and this year they introduced some new innovations.

The video goes for the full length of the display, just over twelve minutes, and has sound accompaniment, so turn on your speakers as well. There were more than 130 launch points for this years display on the Harbour and people started congregating for the best vantage points some 36 hours before the event. You’ll see a lot of boats on the Harbour as well.

This video was posted at You Tube by itnnews

The main new innovation this year was the dwell time for the air bursts. New technology enables the flash of the air burst to hang around longer than previously, and this is easily seen as you watch this wonderful display. Also most graphically displayed is the much larger array of colours with those air bursts.

As you might imagine with Sydney, the centre piece for the whole display is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, affectionately known as the ‘coathanger’ because of it’s unique shape. The Bridge’s pylons were lit in a deep blue for the display.

This year, the colour blue was the main thing of interest, especially with some of those large air bursts. This blue colour was chosen because of what is called a ‘Blue Moon’. The Moon was full on this particular night, and that is what is called a Blue Moon. The colour of the moon is not actually blue. The reason it is called that is because this was the second time during this calendar month of December where there was a full moon. Because of the cycle of the moon, twenty nine and a half days, it is rare that you have two full moons in any calendar month, although not as rare as you might think, but to have it occur on New Years Eve is rarer again, the last time this happened being in 1990, and the next not occurring until 2028.

The origin of the phrase ‘Blue Moon’ goes back into early British History, and because it is relatively rare, the old adage arose about things that do happen rarely being said to only happen once in a Blue Moon.

Part the way through the display, you will also catch sight of the Sydney Opera House, subtly lit to highlight the sails, while not detracting from the focal point of the display, the Bridge itself.

We take the chance to wish all our readers the best of wishes for a wonderful new year.

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