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Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day

Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day

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.

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This full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter.

Make sure you get outside to check out this rare event because it won’t happen again until 2034!

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Here are a few fun facts about the event and our moon:

  • The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST
  • As you gaze up at the Christmas moon, take note that we have a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth’s moon. Our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission has been investigating the lunar surface since 2009
  • More than 100 spacecraft have been launched to explore the moon
  • Our moon is the only celestial body beyond Earth that has been visited by human beings..so far!
  • Twelve human beings have walked on the surface of the moon
  • The moon makes a complete orbit around Earth in 27 Earth days and rotates or spins at the same rate. This causes the moon to keep the same side, or face, towards Earth during the course of its orbit
  • The moon is the brightest and largest feature in the night sky. Venus is second

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