Rare Full Moon On Christmas Day
There will be no need for Rudolph’s red shiny nose this year — Santa Claus will have all the light he needs from a rare full moon on Christmas Eve.
Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas. But this year, a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays.
December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST.
This rare event won’t happen again until 2034. That’s a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day.
In folklore, it’s called the “Oak Moon” or the “Cold Moon” because it happens during the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, it’s the talk of social media around the world.
As you gaze up at the Christmas moon, take note that NASA has a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth’s moon. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission has been investigating the lunar surface since 2009.
To catch the Cold Moon at its peak, be sure to look up around 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 25. It’ll rise again about 12 hours later.
Just in case you miss the full moon on Friday, you’ll get another chance to see something cool on Tuesday, Dec. 29. About a half-hour after sunset, Mercury will be well-placed for observation in the Western sky.