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For the first time in 38 years, we’ll have a Moonlit Christmas


This year’s Christmas will be special. According to information provided by a NASA spokesperson, we will get to celebrate under a full moonlit sky during the forthcoming Christmas. The last time our planet witnessed any such thing was way back in 1977 i.e. 38 years ago and the next time such an event will take place after almost two decades, in 1934 to be more precise.

The exact time of the special full moon would be 6.11 am Eastern Time, on Christmas Day, 2015. For those who are interested to know the timing of the Christmas full moon of 2034: according to NASA, it will be at its peak at 3.54 am.

As we all know, the full moon of December 25, 2015, would be the last for this year. Farmer’s Almanac defines the full moon of December as Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon or Moon before Yule.

It’s a known fact that during the month of December, the nights are the longest and the darkest. Also, Christmas is also that time of the year when the temperature drops significantly.


The moon remains visible above the horizon for the maximum number of hours during the month of December and experts say that the full moon of this month possesses a much higher trajectory across the sky compared to the full moon of the remaining eleven months. According to Farmer’s Almanac, this happens because it’s exactly opposite to the low Sun.

For individuals who are not yet 38 years old, this will be the first instance when they will celebrate Christmas on a full moon night. The only thing that might spoil all the excitement surrounding the event is the cloud conditions; in other words, if you want to enjoy full moon on December 25, 2015, you will have to be located at a place with clear skies.

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