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Full moon to occur on Christmas Day this year

Posted on Wednesday, 16 December, 2015 | Comment icon 6 comments

It has been 38 years since there was a full moon on Christmas Day. Image Credit: CC BY-2.0 Jason Bache
Festive revelers will be treated to a full moon this Christmas for the first time in almost four decades.
There is an extra special treat in store for Christmas Day this year - a full moon - something that hasn't taken place on December 25th since 1977 and which won't happen again until 2034.

There have in fact been only three Christmas full moons in the entire 20th century with the others being in 1901 and 1920. The last time it happened, in 1977, Star Wars had only just hit theaters a few months earlier - an interesting coincidence given Episode VII's imminent release.
Full moons tend to occur around once per month but because a typical month is 30.44 days the timing shifts so that the full moon takes place approximately one day earlier each time around.

December's full moon is known as the Cold Moon - an event also known as the Long Nights Moon by Native American cultures due to the winter solstice bringing about the longest night of the year.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of this year's festive full moon should set their alarm clocks for approximately 6:11am Eastern Time on Christmas morning.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (6)

Tags: Christmas, Full Moon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 12 December, 2015, 20:06
Stay off the moors, Santa.
Comment icon #2 Posted by moon tide on 16 December, 2015, 10:45
That's okay. The werewolves will be staying home to open their Christmas presents this year.
Comment icon #3 Posted by davros of skaro on 16 December, 2015, 18:38
I can see the Illuminati conspiracy theorists making the Star Wars, and Full Moon connection. Probably saying it's part of their rituals. HA!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 16 December, 2015, 22:53
Rudolph gets to sit out this Christmas.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 17 December, 2015, 1:07
Why isn't the new moon called the empty moon or alternatively the full moon called the old moon?
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy on 17 December, 2015, 5:53
Very cool, I hope it's clear where I live

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