Rare full moon to decorate the skies on Christmas Day

Rare full moon to decorate the skies on Christmas Day

A rare celestial event will take place on December 25, 2015. A bright full moon, although not unusual phenomena per se, rarely coincides with Christmas date and will for sure make a nice contribution to the holiday atmosphere.

The full moon of December, the year's final is called the Full Cold Moon as it takes place just at the time when the winter sets in. This event was last time visible on December 25, 1977, and it won't occur again until 2034.

How the moon will appear on Christmas, 2015. Image credit: NASA/Goddard/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

The full moon will peak at 11:11 UTC, and because the event won't be visible again for the next 38 years we recommend you put your Santa's clothes on and turn your gaze toward the sky.

"As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it's worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor. 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," said John Keller from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Featured image: How the moon will appear on Christmas, 2015. Image credit: NASA/Goddard/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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