First Full Moon on Christmas Day since 1977
Christmas just keeps on getting better. This year for the first time since 1977, a rare full moon on Christmas night will make its appearance. This moon is also known as the Full Cold Moon due to the time of year it appears.
In celebration of the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans might appreciate the fact that the last full moon that appeared on Christmas Day was in 1977, the same year that George Lucas’s Star Wars: A New Hope was released with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guinness.
This year has been exciting in terms of moons as viewers were able to see the blood moon, super moon and eclipses. Thankfully we have one more opportunity to see a spectacular moon before the end of the year. Located in the Gemini constellation, the bright full moon will make its last full appearance for 2015 on December 25th.
At 11 p.m. GMT on Christmas night, take a break from the food, step outside for fresh air, and look up. The white moon should appear at its fullest at this time creating a sight you will not want to miss. If you miss this one, you will have to wait until 2034 to see the next full moon that appears on Christmas night.
John Keller from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center states, “As we look at the Moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the Moon is more than just a celestial neighbour...The geologic history of the Moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the Moon.”