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 at the beginning of winter. 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.
“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” said John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “The history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon.”